Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal was defiant after defeat at Bournemouth.
The beleaguered Dutch boss has called on his men to see off Norwich, Stoke and Chelsea before the turn of the year to keep their title hopes alive.
While United appear to have lost the winning edge that underscored Sir Alex Ferguson’s years of success, the former Holland boss still believes he can bring glory back to Old Trafford.
When asked if defeat to Bournemouth would shake his confidence for the fight ahead, Van Gaal replied with a firm “No”.
“When I see that my players want to do everything that we ask then I think that’s the most important thing,” said Van Gaal.”
“The cohesion between the manager and his staff and the players, that’s the most important thing.”
“And I have seen also how the bench was participating in the match, so we all wanted to win.”
“And I think that’s the most important thing.”
“Of course it’s disappointing if you lose two matches in a row in an important week, so now we have to stay there in a position to keep fighting.”
“But still we are in a position, but we have to win.”
“We have now to win three matches in a row for example, to be there still after Christmas.”
A defiant Van Gaal also claimed he would not need to alter his long-term managerial strategies to guide United back to former glories.
“Only hard work, training sessions, preparation, focus – all the same things that I have done in the 25 years of my managership,” added Van Gaal, when quizzed on what would arrest his side’s slump.
“Only it is now also more difficult for my players to do that. But I shall challenge them, and we shall come back.”