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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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Louis van Gaal believes Man United can still win the title

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels his side can still win the title this season.

Van Gaal feels United played some "sparkling football" in the midweek win over Stoke and another victory at Chelsea on Sunday would reignite their campaign.

His comments come less than a fortnight after a dismal loss to Southampton that saw United and Van Gaal booed at Old Trafford and intensified speculation over his future.

But United got back to winning ways with victory at Derby in the FA Cup and then switched to a more attacking style to brush Stoke aside 3-0.

They are still 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester but Van Gaal claims the gap is not insurmountable.

He said: "I have the feeling that when we shall beat Chelsea - and that is not simple, that is very difficult, since Guus Hiddink has been there they don't lose any more - I think our competition, our league is starting again. That is very important.

"The competition is not yet finished, not for Manchester United or the other teams.

"We have the feeling, and that's because we are winning twice in a row and with sparkling football - with goals and clean sheets, against opponents who were in great form. Stoke City played Liverpool off the pitch in the Capital One Cup but they lost on penalties."

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Van Gaal: United fans should be happy their team is through to the fourth round

Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United fans should be happy their team are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Thousands of supporters left Old Trafford before the end of Saturday's match against Sheffield United.

The Reds eventually won the game ONE-NIL thanks to a stoppage time penalty from Wayne Rooney.

The performance prompted a scathing attack from United legend Paul Scholes who claimed the players looked bored.

Here's Van Gaal's reaction:

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