Louis Van Gaal has praised the passion of fans in England ahead of Manchester United’s much anticipated tie with rivals Liverpool in the Europa League.
Every time the two sides meet there is a fierce atmosphere no matter where the game is played, and the Dutchman admits that the English fans are part of the reason he wanted to manage in this country.
The former Barcelona manager said before United’s visit to Anfield: “I think football in England is very deep in the life of the people, of course I have noticed that also in Spain and Germany, but that was less deep than here.”
He continued: “It’s fantastic to see that, that’s also one aspect why I wanted to come here, to have that experience.
Van Gaal added, “It is also sometimes what I can see too much, but I like to see it because you can see the heart of the club and also the feeling that they are with you every game.”
That passion shown by the fans has been aimed at van Gaal majorly on the negative side during his time in the Old Trafford hot seat, after his struggles in trying to guide United back to the summit of English football.
Though in recent games the Dutchman has begun to warm the hearts of the United faithful as he put together an improved run that has seen United win four of their last five matches.
A notable point that saw not just United supporters humoured but the majority of English football, was LVG’s jump to the floor in front of the fourth official against Arsenal, as he disagreed with a decision.
With United bidding to get back into the Champions League, whether that be through the Europa League or through achieving fourth place then it seems the United fans, who have shown their support for the side through the difficult periods following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from the club, will continue to support their side passionately, particularly against bitter rivals Liverpool on Thursday.