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Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal jeered after tribute for 'unconditional support'

By Simon Peach

Louis van Gaal was booed by a number of Manchester United fans as the under-fire manager thanked them for their "unconditional support".

A topsy-turvy campaign ended with a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth, with Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young scoring before Chris Smalling turned in a late Max Gradel effort.

That was too little, too late for many fans, with under-fire Van Gaal jeered by portions of the crowd when addressing the fans after the game.

"I want to thank you for the unconditional support of you," he said.

"Whenever we have played, however the things have gone on the field, you never let us down.

"Thank you for that and we want to bring the FA Cup home. You deserve it. Thank you."

Asked afterwards if he understood the booing fans, Van Gaal said: "Of course, but the expectation is very high. The fans expect a lot, these expectations are too high. We are a team in transition."

Many applauded at the end of Van Gaal's address, but Bournemouth fans goaded him with chants of "you're getting sacked in the morning".

Fresh speculation linking Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to the Old Trafford helm emerged before the match, which took place two days after a bomb scare forced its hasty rearrangement.

Error rather than terror proved to be at the heart of the issue that saw the original match abandoned, with a private security firm having left a fake bomb inside Old Trafford following a training exercise.

United refunded all fans with tickets for Sunday's match and offered them free entry to the rearranged game, but a number stayed away as Rashford followed Monday's England call-up with a lovely goal in a win that belatedly brought the Premier League to a close.

The 18-year-old's impressive finish made it eight goals in 17 matches since making his first-team debut less than three months ago and came between a Wayne Rooney goal and another that the United captain created superbly.

The England skipper opened the scoring by ending a fine team move - his 100th Premier League goal at Old Trafford - before beautifully clipping the ball over the defence for sub Ashley Young to score late on.

The three points see United usurp Southampton in fifth and secure a place in the Europa League group stage, but whether van Gaal is still presiding over the team by then remains to be seen.

There was never any chance of the club-record 19 goals required to wrest fourth place and Champions League football from Manchester City, but not even Chris Smalling's late own goal will prevent United entering the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace in good heart.

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Mata (Ander Herrera, 76 mins), Lingard, Rooney, Martial (Young, 84 mins), Rashford (Depay, 79 mins).

Unused subs: Jones, Romero, Varela, Andreas Pereira.

BOURNEMOUTH: Federici, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh (Gradel, 66 mins), Wilson (Grabban, 79 mins), King (Afobe, 67 mins).

Unused subs: Stanislas, O'Kane, Holmes, Jordan.

Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney

Match rating: 5/10

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