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Boo me, not the players, says Man United boss Louis Van Gaal

By Paul Hirst

Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United supporters to aim their anger towards him rather than his players.

United fans booed loudly when Van Gaal substituted Anthony Martial for Marouane Fellaini in the 66th minute of Tuesday's 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow.

The supporters were clearly unhappy about the often sterile style of play as they also sang: "We're Man United, we want to attack.''

Ahead of today's visit of West Brom, which will see Jonny Evans return to Old Trafford for the first time since his move to the Baggies, Van Gaal admits supporters are entitled to their opinion, but believes negativity is seeping through to the players.

"The supporters have to support the players otherwise they make it very difficult,'' he said.

"It's difficult to play with a lot of pressure and you can taste that at Old Trafford because of all the yelling. It's not good for my players. I advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players."

If last year's home meeting with the Baggies is anything to go by, the Dutchman will have to break down a defensively-minded side.

Last term the Baggies came to Old Trafford and snatched a 1-0 win thanks to Chris Brunt's deflected free-kick after playing a solid 5-4-1 formation.

Van Gaal will give a late test to Morgan Schneiderlin, who is recovering from an illness.

Ashley Young looks set to continue at right-back as Matteo Darmian is suspended and Antonio Valencia is still out.

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