Van Gaal: United feeling the pressure

Under-fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is adamant he still has the backing of his players as he prepares for Monday's fixture against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

United extended their winless streak to seven games after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke on Boxing Day, and if they lose to the Blues it will be their worst run of results in 79 years.

As they have done for much of Van Gaal's reign as manager, they held the majority of possession against Stoke but showed no signs of penetration.

Van Gaal admitted it would be hard to lift his players for their game against Chelsea as they go in search of a much needed three points.

"When you lose four matches in a row it's much more difficult," Van Gaal said. 

"It's like that. And the pressure of the environment shall increase, so it's much more difficult and there are no ways artificial ways to solve that. We need a victory and that is very important."

Van Gaal still feels that his players are behind him in every way and is confident they will do their utmost to win against Chelsea.

"Until now, I can say yes," Van Gaal said.

"A month ago we were first in the Premier League but we lost important games and now we have to come back in more difficult situations than last year because last year everyone believed and there was progression, now there is a fallback and that is different and everybody is judging also different.

"That is what is happening now and you have to cope with it," he concluded

United's demise has seen them slip to sixth in the table, nine points behind league leaders Leicester.