Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says his side were “not good enough” after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils suffered their third straight defeat as goals from Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey secured all three points for Alex Neil’s side to heap more pressure on the United boss.
Speaking after the game, Van Gaal admitted his side weren’t good enough in the defeat, one that sees them drop out of the top four.
“I can say a lot of things but every word is too much I think,” said Van Gaal. “You can see what confidence is doing to the players.
“Now it’s very important that everybody sticks together, but that was not good enough today. We have to win against Norwich and we know that.”
Asked if the pressure is building, Van Gaal added: “That’s the football world. I know that, my board knows that, my players know that.
“We’re not used to that because normally we win, so it’s a difficult period.
“We’ve lost three matches in a row so it’s not happening so much for Manchester United. We can’t accept that and that’s why I have to repeat, we have to stick together and believe in ourselves.
“I’ve encountered these circumstances also with other teams and other staff.
“The main thing is that you have to be professional and do the things that you have to do and work very hard to come out of this bad period.”
When asked whether he feels he will be given time at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said: “It’s not up to me I think to say about that question but we shall see.”
Midfielder Daley Blind says United need to stick together as a team ahead of two tricky fixtures over the festive period.
Next up for the Red Devils is a Boxing Day trip to the Potteries to face former United striker Mark Hughes’ Stoke City in a 12.45pm kick-off.
Then on Monday, December 28 United welcome Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea to Old Trafford, with the Londoners starting their post-Mourinho era with a win over Sunderland.
Versatile star Blind told Sky Sports: “It’s important to stick together and try to bounce back.
“We’re working hard out on the training ground on every aspect of the game. We must stick together as a team and work hard to improve. I believe we’ll come good doing it this way.
“It’s important for us that the fans are standing behind us. We feel that support out on the pitch and it’s important that we stick together. We have the best fans in the world.”