Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are “thinking only of making goals” against Liverpool but can go through even if they concede.
United host Liverpool in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at Old Trafford on Thursday night seeking to overturn a 2-0 deficit.
An away goal for Liverpool would leave United needing four in 120 minutes to progress – away goals do not count until after extra-time – but it is something Van Gaal believes his side are well capable of doing.
“I think the challenge to beat Liverpool and the challenge that we are two goals down is a big challenge,” Van Gaal said.
“We have to believe in it and it starts with the players, of course, but it starts also with the fans. The fans have a lot of impact on the pitch.
“I have spoken only with the players about the victory and we have to believe in it.
“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.
“We don’t want to concede a goal. We are thinking only of making goals. We have done that against Midtjylland in the last round. We don’t want to concede, but if we do, we can score four.
“You know we have scored goals within three or four minutes this season so it is possible.
“The pressure is that we lost 2-0 to Liverpool. Manchester United and the players and myself want to survive and go to the next round, that’s the pressure and the challenge also. It’s a big challenge and for the players and the fans.
“Also for Liverpool it is a different game. Tomorrow night and they shall see that.”
Van Gaal happy with fans’ support
Asked if United owe their fans a big display, Van Gaal said: “Yes, but we owe always to the fans a big result because the fans are paying to see that.
“We have to deliver, but in sport you can lose and you can win. It’s very difficult but you have to accept that.
“I am very satisfied about the fans because the results what we have achieved this season are not the results the fans are thinking that we have to fulfil.
“We don’t fulfil the expectations and still they support this team and this manager. But the most important thing is this team. That’s the main thing.
“We need their support also because their impact is big. The atmosphere at Anfield was a big impact also.”