Van Gaal unconcerned by pressure

Louis van Gaal has dismissed suggestions that he his under more pressure than he has ever faced as Manchester United fans become disallusioned with the Dutchman's management.

Many United fans have called for Van Gaal to be sacked after the club failed to make it out of the Champions League group stages due to a 3-2 loss at Wolfsburg, before being beaten 2-1 at newly-promoted Bournemouth last week.

However, the former Barcelona boss insists the only pressure he is under is the scrutiny he puts upon himself.

"The pressure when I started as a manager was much higher," he said.

"I don't want to finish my career with the club sacking me. That would be a great disappointment for me, to say goodbye to the football world by being fired.

"I think my honour is much more pressure for me than the pressure of the media and the fans."

One of the main criticisms of Van Gaal's approach has been the failure to deliver exciting, attacking football.

The Red Devils have failed to score in six matches in all competitions this season, and the 64-year-old admits he cannot afford to lose supporters' confidence.

"If I lose the confidence of the fans, that for me would be very sad. It's always like that when you lose. Then fans have to prove their belief again," he added.

"The board can see what you can do as a manager in practice but the fans cannot see that, so when you lose you need the belief of the fans."