Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that even big clubs such as Manchester United can suffer from anxiety on the pitch, resulting in crowd frustration.
United have endured a very difficult season so far and apart from the mediocre results, the fans have been left very frustrated at the defensive approach the Red Devils have adopted under Louis van Gaal.
As a result, the club faithful have not been afraid to voice their discontent with United’s style of play, prompting Potters boss Hughes to suggest that the Red Devils are not immune from player and fan anxiety if things do not go according to plan.
Hughes said ahead of Stoke’s clash against United: “Manchester United aren’t immune from having a little bit of anxiety in their play.”
“That can come from themselves in terms of their own form as players and that can be transmitted from the crowd as well, and by all accounts there has been frustration from the crowd.”
“They’re very loyal fans, as I well know, and they don’t need too much encouragement to get behind their team.”
“They want to see more attacking football, but sometimes you have to be a little bit more cautious in your approach. You have to go with your gut feeling.”
“There are cautious managers and other managers, who are a little bit freer in going for games, but that can bite you as well because you can be exposed.
“Everybody approaches it in a different way. I have got too much on my plate to worry about Manchester United.”
“I hope they put in a poor performance and get booed off again because that means we’ll have done well!”