Louis van Gaal insistant on Manchester United winning; even if Liverpool score

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that his side can still earn their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League for Friday’s draw, even if Liverpool score an away goal, meaning United would need at least four goals on the night to win the match, a feat they have only achieved twice this season; scoring four at home with Club Brugge in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off, and in the 5-1 mauling of Midtjylland a few weeks ago. Scoring four against Liverpool will be some feat in itself, especially if they are in the same form they were in a week ago, and United allow them to press for 90 minutes, which was something last weeks side could not handle. Speaking in Wednesday’s pre match press conference, Van Gaal stated:

“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.”

The Dutchman also believes that he and his side owe the clubs supporters a performance in a season which has not gone to plan, with the club suffering many injuries, some of those for the long-term, which is something assistant manager Ryan Giggs has suggested. United are a good side, but currently it seems like they have lost all interest in how the season finishes, which allows a number of supporters to call for the managers head, allowing the players to not take any ownership of how the season has panned out. Yes they may be under instructions to play the way Louis van Gaal and his philosophy state, but if they have no self belief, interest in the matches, or any professionalism, that is down to individuals, but many do not see it that way. Yes things are not going to plan, it looks as though United will finish the season trophyless once again, and possible out of European competition again, but things are not as bad as so-called supporters on social media are saying. Van Gaal said:

“We don’t fulfil the expectations and they still support this team and this manager.

“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.

“But 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.”

United will need to win 3-0 to take the tie and knock Liverpool out of the UEFA Europa League this season, but it is easier said than done. Since the Dutchman took over the club in the summer of 2014, United have played Liverpool five time, competitively at least; four times in the league, which United have won and once in the Europa League; last week. United have scored three goals twice; this season and last at Old Trafford, also scoring three times at Anfield in two matches; a 2-1 victory and a 1-0 victory. It is quite possible that United score three goals again at Old Trafford, as they have done in both instances where they have faced Liverpool, but it is a big ask. The Dutchman feels that scoring twice will put United in good stead to win the match, with extra time something that can be achieved, as long as Liverpool fail to score. He said:

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

“Then we have to beat them to get to the next round. But first, two-zero.”

Do you think Manchester United can beat Liverpool at Old Trafford this evening, earning a place in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw on Friday?

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