Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has come out and praised the United fans for sticking with him despite a slow start to the season.
The former Dutch national team trainer suffered a loss against Swansea in his debut game in charge after which United went on to find themselves disappointedly sitting middle of the table after ten games.
Since then however fortunes have picked up with the Red Devils now heading for a top four finish, and Champions League football next season which was what the Dutchman said he hoped to obtain his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
“The first feeling I had was especially after 11 matches when we had 13 points and I came in the stadium and I thought the fans shall not be pleased,” he told MUTV.
“The fans rose and clapped me when I entered. Now I see the greatness of the club.”
The 64-year-old trainer had two previous spells at Barcelona and can see the similarities of both clubs.
“It was a warm club like Manchester,” he said.
“It had a family culture also. We were champions the first two years, great years.”