Louis van Gaal may have lost his sense of humour with the British press, but he is still rolling out the jokes when he is with the Manchester United faithful.
The Dutchman caused a huge stir when he walked out of a press conference last week, demanding an apology from the assembled journalists for the speculation surrounding his position at the club.
He had the chance to quell the doubt with a fine performance against Stoke City on Boxing Day, but his team limped out of the Britannia Stadium having been taught a lesson in football and it seemed for all the world that Van Gaal's time in the Premier League was over.
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However, their positive performance against Chelsea on Monday night had everyone, including Van Gaal, feeling a bit more cheerful. Even the manager himself was able to share some joy with the fans following events at Old Trafford.
Taking time to sign autographs for the fans still on his side, one particularly vocal follower decided to sing “Louis van Gaal’s red & white army!” at the top of his lungs in the hope that others would join in. They didn't and Van Gaal noticed, who responded with: "on your own", much to the delight of others.
It was a positive interaction between Van Gaal and the Manchester United faithful, especially when the media would have us believe that the experienced coach has already lost their support.
It appears that many are still ready to give him time to turn things around even if they have failed to win any of their last eight games across all competitions.
Having said that, these fans could have been hunting Van Gaal's autograph because they believe it will be one of their last chances to do so.