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Louis van Gaal says no public backing from the club needed

Louis van Gaal insists he has no problem with Manchester United's failure to back him publicly.

Speculation has been swirling around Van Gaal ever since United slipped out of the top four and exited the Champions League.

Unlike when David Moyes was under pressure, United have failed to intimate that Van Gaal has their backing.

Some have taken that as a sign that Van Gaal has lost the faith of the board and that they are considering replacing him with Jose Mourinho.

But Van Gaal says he does not mind that the club have not made a statement backing him.

"I am not agreeing with that," the Dutchman said when asked if he was disappointed about any lack of public backing from the club.

"Because I have said many times that not all the media, but a lot of media, is inventing stories and you don't have to answer on invented stories.

"I agree with this policy of the club."

A winless run of eight matches towards the end of the year left Van Gaal's position under scrutiny.

United's form has improved since the start of the year, however. The Red Devils have lost just once in 2016 and sit fourth in the form table.

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Klopp: Liverpool owners do care about club and fans

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the owners' U-turn on ticket prices proves they care about the fans and the club.

Reds fans walked out of the match against Sunderland at Anfield last weekend in the 77th minute in protest at what they saw as an unacceptable hike in ticket prices for next season, with the most expensive tickets in the new Main Stand costing £77.

The club's owners Fenway Sports Group responded on Wednesday by announcing that prices would be frozen for the next two years.

In an open letter principal owner John W Henry, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon expressed their concerns, saying they were "particularly troubled by the perception that we don't care about our supporters, that we are greedy".

Klopp believes their swift action shows that is not the case.

"I think in the world of football it is not too easy when you are the owner of a club to prove you are interested in the club," he said.

"I know it, I have been here four and a half months and I know the owners as people.

"They really care about the club and the interests of supporters and it was a clear reaction, a clear sign, and hopefully it is understood for what it is - proof of their real interest in this club and all the things around this club.

"I am really fine with it, it is a good thing."

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Watch: Moment James Anderson receives OBE from the Prince of Wales for services to cricket

This is the moment Lancastrian cricketer James Anderson received an OBE from the Prince of Wales for services to cricket.

The so-called "Burnley Express" became England's leading Test wicket-taker last year, surpassing Sir Ian Botham's milestone of 383.

Anderson has more than 430 test wickets and received the honour from Prince Charles during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

Watch the moment Roberto Martinez hands George Shaw his goal of the month award

Watch the moment Roberto Martinez hands nine-year-old George Shaw his goal of the month for January.

Everton fans voted for the nine-year-old's half-time effort against Swansea (below) to win the accolade.

George, who has cerebral palsy, was invited to the game by winger Gerard Deulofeu after a video of him playing football in the Spaniard's shirt went viral.

Pictures and video: Everton Football Club

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