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Van Gaal urges Man Utd fans to inspire Liverpool win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal talks up his side's hopes of a Europa League comeback
Van Gaal talks up his side's hopes of a Europa League comeback

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has urged the Old Trafford faithful to carry his side over the winning line in their Europa League clash against Liverpool on Thursday.

United are looming to come from 2-0 down after a one-sided first leg to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the competition, with Van Gaal urging his side's fans to create a similar atmosphere to the cauldron at Anfield last week.

In return, he has urged his players to give United supporters a performance to lift their spirits after a difficult season that has seen Van Gaal's position come under increased scrutiny. 

"We don't fulfil the expectations and they still support this team and this manager," said Van Gaal, as he thanked United fans for their continued backing.

"We also need this support, because the impact is big. We owe always to the fans a big result, because the fans are paying to see that and we have to deliver.

"In sport, you can lose and you can win, and that you have to accept. But, tomorrow we only have to think we beat Liverpool.

"The atmosphere at Anfield was a big impact also and now we want the same at Old Trafford."

Van Gaal believes keeping a clean sheet could be the crucial factor in his side's hopes of success, as he suggested the tie could go into extra time.

"We have to beat them with 2-0, not with 3-0 because we can do that also in extra-time," he added.

"Then we have to beat them to get to the next round, but first, two-zero.

"We don't want to concede a goal. We are thinking only of making goals.

"We have done that against Midtjylland in the last round. We don't want to concede, but if we do, we can score four."

United midfielder Ander Herrera was also in attendance at the press conference, as he offered up these views: