Fans left because of traffic says Van Gaal
The Manchester United boss is adamant packed roads rather than poor football was the reason for the vast swathes of empty seats at the final whistle on Saturday
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists traffic was the reason the club's supporters left Old Trafford early during his side's FA Cup third round victory over Sheffield United.
Vast numbers of empty seats could be seen at the end of the 1-0 win, which came courtesy of Wayne Rooney's late penalty as United struggled against their League One opponents.
Van Gaal was criticised once again for the his side's cautious style, with the club's former midfielder Paul Scholes taking another swipe at the Dutchman after the game.
But, the former Bayern Munich boss rejected suggestions his tactics were behind the decision of fans to exit the ground early.
He said: "Maybe also because of the traffic they leave the stadium a few minutes earlier, there are many reasons to leave the stadium at the last minute.
"Me at the stadium when I was looking at matches to analyse the opponent, I have done that also. You can be very negative but we are in the next round, we have won two matches in a row. You have to be happy as a fan of Manchester United.
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"The fans have supported our team, it is not an easy time now, the fans were there. How many stadiums were like ours full? You can mention how they leave but you can also mention how they come."
United's first shot on target at the weekend was met with ironic cheers. Pressed on the reaction of the crowd, Van Gaal responded: "I can understand that, it was a fact that we are not shooting too much and that we were not able to shoot at the goal too much. I said that also."
Van Gaal was also quick to dismiss claims he is overly focused on the threat of their opponents, saying: "I'm not more concerned about the opposition, it's part of the job.
"You have to know what they want and how they play and then you can help your players. I do think I'm more thinking how we have to attack, how we have to improve. Because we are defending very well."
Louis van Gaal