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Louis van Gaal has a theory on why Manchester United fans boo him

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If Louis van Gaal needed any more evidence that he's not all that popular among Manchester United fans, he got it in brutal fashion after the Bournemouth game. 

The Red Devils confirmed a fifth-place finish with a 3-1 win in their rearranged game against the Cherries, but even a win on the night clearly wasn't enough to appease the disgruntled United fans. 

Supporters - at least those who actually turned up after the farcical 'bomb scare' on Sunday - were asked to stay in their seats by the stadium announcer because van Gaal was going to give them a speech, but the Old Trafford boss was met with resounding boos from the crowd. 

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High expectations 

As ever, though, he was not deterred, and when asked by Sky Sports to give an explanation for the boos, he insisted: "The expectation is very high, especially the fans (sic).

"They are expecting a lot. But I think these expectations are much too high, and we are a team in transition, and that I have said when I started here.

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That is not an excuse that is likely to go down well with the United faithful, who have repeatedly been told by the Dutchman that the 20-time league winners cannot reasonably expect to come in the top four. 

Indeed, his claims of transition are also wearing thin as he comes to the end of his second season in charge, with little to show for it other than an FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

Van Gaal's final bow?

It looks increasingly unlikely that he will be given a third year to prove himself, with Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings. 

While Mourinho is dividing opinion among fans because of his style of football, big personality, and of course, his association with Chelsea, he must be buoyed by United fans' reaction to their current manager, as it is clear they are demanding change. 

Mourinho's teams may not play the most exciting football, but it has to be said, United have hardly lit the Premier League alight under van Gaal.

But, while the former Netherlands, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona head coach admits they have not scored enough goals this season, he also had another excuse ready. 

LVG laments injuries

"I think the issue is the amount of injuries in the months of November and December, and also that it was particularly in two positions, the two full-back positions. That was very tough I think at that time", he said. 

Manchester United v A.F.C. Bournemouth - Premier League

"I have also said this season that we need creative, fast attackers. We have to take care of that, but nevertheless, when everybody was fit we were first in the league, and these are the facts.

United's season was rocked by the loss of Luke Shaw in September, though they have gone on to secure the joint-best defence in the league - with Tottenham being the other club to have only conceded 35 goals - without the left-back.

The cup final could well be LVG's final game in charge nonetheless. It will certainly be interesting to see how United fans react to him this weekend if he delivers their first FA Cup since 2004. 

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