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26/08/2014 22:37, Report by Adam Bostock
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Van Gaal: United fans have to believe

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is asking fans to remain faithful and patient following the Reds’ shock 4-0 defeat to MK Dons.

His team’s premature exit from the Capital One Cup left the Dutchman feeling very disappointed and rueing “big errors” at costly times. But van Gaal hopes United supporters can see past the humbling reversal and await, in time, the impact of his arrival and ideas.

“It’s difficult for the fans, I know that, but they have to believe in our philosophy,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “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.”

Van Gaal was again impressed by his first-hand experience of United’s fans – in other words, those in attendance at Stadium MK, supporting the team from the stands.

“As they were at Sunderland, the fans were unbelievable. For me it’s unbelievable and it’s fine to hear that, but I don’t want to lose for the Manchester United fans. I want to give them victories and I’m used to giving victories to the fans and I hope we can turn around these defeats.”

Analysing the Reds’ defeat to the Dons, van Gaal cited big mistakes at bad times as chief causes for the cup exit.

“It was a matter of making errors at wrong moments,” he reflected. “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.”

The Dutchman admitted he risked a system change at half-time in a bid to turn the situation around and gave credit to the cards played by his opposite number, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson.

“I am a coach that is always taking risks because I want to win," said van Gaal. "It's also one match (a knock-out

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