Louis van Gaal says that Manchester United owes their fans a performance to oust Liverpool from the Europa League after the Reds defeated them by 2-0 in the first leg at Anfield.
“Yes, but we owe always to the fans a big result because the fans are paying to see that,” he said ahead of the second leg, stressing on United’s need to focus.
“Tomorrow we only have to think we have to beat Liverpool – and beat them 2-0 not 3-0 because we can do it in extra time.”
“We can do it 2-0 and then we have a chance to reach the next round. You know we have scored goals within three or four minutes this season so it is possible.”
That much is true, but should Liverpool scores at Old Trafford United will need more than 3 goals to progress. However, van Gaal has other ideas.
“We don’t think about conceding a goal,” Van Gaal said. “We think about making goals. We have done that against Midtjylland [scoring five], the last opponent before Liverpool.”
“I think the challenge is to beat Liverpool and the challenge that we are two goals down is a big challenge.”
“We have to believe in it – it starts with the players of course but it starts also with the fans.”
On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp is confident about his side’s chances, saying confidently on United that his side “knows how to play them.”
“We made our position a little bit better,” he said. “It is not perfect, it is not 5-0 or 6-0, it is not a holiday tomorrow.”
“It is really hard work and I have no problem with this. I knew it before the draw, after the draw and before the first leg. We want to take this chance for us – that is all.”