Louis van Gaal reacts to Man United’s 2-0 loss to Stoke City

Louis van Gaal insists that he will pay no attention to the speculation about his future as Manchester United boss

Louis van Gaal insists that he will pay no attention to the speculation about his future after watching his Manchester United side slump to a 2-0 defeat by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils fell behind in the 19th minute when Bojan capitalised on Memphis Depay’s error to put the hosts ahead at the Britannia Stadium.

You have to stick by the facts and not rubbish

Louis van Gaal

The Potters then doubled their lead shortly after when Marko Arnautovic’s 25-yard strike beat David De Gea after Bojan’s free-kick had hit the wall.

United brought on Wayne Rooney and improved after the break but were unable to find the net as they slumped to their third successive Premier League defeat.

The speculation surrounding Van Gaal’s future is likely to intensify in the coming days after their poor run of form continued.

And the Dutchman was honest in his assessment of his own situation when speaking to the media after the game.

Asked about his position, Van Gaal told BBC Sport: “I don’t think that is interesting what they [the headlines] do to me.

“I have said they have to stick by the facts. The scrutiny is alright for me, I’m used to that. You have to stick by the facts and not rubbish.”

Then, in a later interview with Sky Sports, Van Gaal continued: “The problem is we don’t dare to play, that is my analysis.

“I tried to do everything but the pressure every match will be higher and higher.

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“It is more difficult because I am also part of the four matches that we have lost so people are looking at me. I have to deal with that but more importantly the players have to deal with that because they have to perform.”

Asked about whether the people were still behind him, Van Gaal added: “It is another situation. We have lost the fourth game, we have to wait and see.”

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