Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been criticized after the team’s exit against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup earlier this week.
But the 64-year-old Dutchman isn’t too concerned about what’s being said about him, as he stressed the fact that United is way better off than they were at the same time last season.
“I usually use Dutch expressions, but you have one here: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’. Fantastic expression!” van Gaal told the media during the pregame press conference ahead of United’s meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park.
“I know that if I lose and lose then I will be finished, I know that. But I shall do everything for this club and these fans, who are unbelievable.
“Last year we had 13 points from 10 games and now these fans see that we have 20 points out of 10 and that we were in the next round of the Capital One Cup [compared to last season] and we are in the Champions League. Last year it was not like this. Last year we had 15 injuries. Okay, after Wednesday’s game we have more injuries, but we had three at the most [before that].
“We are improving a lot, but it is a process, it takes three years, which is why I signed for three years.”
United sits in 4th place in the Premier League, two points off the top and rivals Manchester City. IN the Champions League, United has four points after three games and sits in third place level on points with CSKA Moscow and two points behind leaders Wolfsburg.