Louis van Gaal says he will not resign as Manchester United manager despite them going eight games without a win after the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
United dominated the 5.30pm clash at Old Trafford, enjoying 67 per cent of possession, but failed to break down Guus Hiddink’s Londoners, who are still searching for their first win under their interim boss.
Captain Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line-up and put on an impressive display, which was slightly tainted by a crude late challenge on Oscar which drew a yellow card from Martin Atkinson, but could have arguably been worse.
Boos rang around Old Trafford at full-time and United have now scored just one goal in their last four games on home soil, leaving them down in sixth place and nine points behind leaders Arsenal.
A defeat would have reportedly been the last straw for the United hierarchy, with some fans showing their support for an appointment of Jose Mourinho before the kick-off.
But Dutchman van Gaal has vowed to fight on after seeing his players dig deep with an improved display against the defending champions.
He told BT Sport: “For me, it [his future] is not an interesting subject because I cannot have any influence on that, I can only work with my players and you can see they are fighting for me.
“Even after this result the fans were applauding so I cannot say I’m very much concerned. In this football world you never know, but I’m fully confident in the board and my players.
“Will I resign? On the contrary. When the players can give such a performance with a lot of pressure, there is not any reason to resign for me.
“Maybe the media wants me to but I shall not resign. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract.”
Rooney, who apologised to Oscar for his late foul, feels United ‘will come back’ and build on the draw, saying: “We created a lot of chances but didn’t manage to take one.
“The crowd were excellent today and you could see how much it meant to the players. It’s a disappointing result because we dominated the game but that is football.
“A lot of people say a lot of different things. We would be letting ourselves down if we didn’t go out on the pitch and give our all. We will keep fighting and we will come back.”
Although United dominated the game and hit the woodwork twice, Hiddink’s men had their chances but were denied on several occasions by some superb goalkeeping from David de Gea.
He told BT Sport: “Both teams had chances but I think we played better than them. We didn’t have the luck we need to win these games.
“We have to keep focused on only football and try to win the games ahead.”