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Van Gaal admits Man Utd players are angry with their displays

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal daring to smile once more
Van Gaal daring to smile once more

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed his players are angry that their performance have fallen below the standards set by their club in recent weeks.

The United manager has taken much of the blame for a slump in form that saw an eight-game winless run put his position on the line, but the experienced Dutchman now looks set to stay in charge for some time yet after coming through his mid-season crisis.

Saturday's 2-1 win against Swansea eased the pressure on his shoulders, as he revealed his own players are desperate to bounce back to form in the second half of the season.

"They are very angry that we have lost so many games in a row," said Van Gaal.

"They are not used to that, I'm not used to that, losing four matches in a row. Never, and I have been in this profession for 25 years.

"So it's unusual and they are angry also and want to change the situation."

He also predicted his side would now start to flourish after they rediscovered the winning feeling, while insisting United are always trying to play an attractive brand of football despite the negativity around their style under Van Gaal.

"Always at home we are playing in a more attacking way, to please the fans also, because that is also the culture of Manchester United," he said. "But you cannot always do that.

"I have to say all the players do their utmost best and you can see that, but still there is still space for improvement."