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Van Gaal appeals to supporters’ belief after Manchester United’s League Cup loss

Aug 26, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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Making no apologies for his team’s play, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reached out to supporters after his team’s 4-0 loss at Milton Keynes, asking Red Devils’ fans to maintain their belief in a project still in its formative stages.

That belief was tested Tuesday night when United were bounced out of the League Cup 4-0 at MK Dons. Two goals each from William Grigg and Benik Afobe saw United to the club’s earliest exit in 19 years, with a series of costly mistakes allowing the third-tier team to embarrass their more renown guests.

“It was a matter of making errors at wrong moments,” van Gaal said to MUTV. “When you see the goals against us, I believe there were big errors in the build-ups. When you make errors like that, you give the match away.”

United gave away the first goal after a Jonny Evans error, one that helped the home side take its lead against the run of play. Despite United’s superiority in many phases of the game, carelessness in possession allowed the Dons to blow the game open, with the games third and fourth goals highlighting United’s deficiencies building play.

After the match, van Gaal was aware of what the loss will mean to the club’s support.

“It’s difficult for the fans, I know that,” the first-year boss explained, “but they have to believe in our philosophy. At the end, they can judge, but not now. I hope they shall maintain their confidence in the club and in our philosophy because that philosophy takes time. We are building up a team which you can’t make in one month, even one year.”

Even one year? That’s not good news for United fans who are expecting a return to Champions League.

After today’s loss, that possibility remains a long way off, though with Ángel Di María signed and more talent potentially arriving this window, United may look markedly different in one week’s time.

Right now, however, the team has hit a low, and while fans are smart enough to know three games are not enough to pass judgment, that doesn’t make “Milton Keynes 4, Manchester United 0” easier to swallow.

  1. Damidwesterner - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    They need to get everybody together and then train/play together. That’s hard to do when you keep adding people week after week, shuttling people in and out. After Sep 1 the transfer window closes and who you have is who you have and hopefully they can get it together without new folks showing up.

  2. quizguy66 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Van Gaal went on to express optimism that United will earn hardware next year as the winners of the Sk_Bet Championship and the promotion that comes with it.

  3. geejon - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Enough with Van Gaal’s “philosophy”. One month, 6 months, 1 year … it won’t matter with the current crop. The likes of Young, Cleverly, Fletcher, Valencia, Smalling and the rest of them could practice van Gaal’s “philosophy” for 5 years and they’d still be shite. After a few more transfer windows adds another half dozen class players to the squad you’ll magically see a quality side and it will have nothing to do with van Gaal’s philosophy finally taking hold but rather better players having replaced pedestrian ones.

  4. christophershearin - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    i see a sacking in his future…

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