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Louis van Gaal not feeling any additional pressure ahead of Swansea City match


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he is satisfied with the work being done at the club despite a number of negative results last month.

The Red Devils host Swansea City on Saturday hoping to kick off the new year in style and move back into the top four.

And the Dutchman is convinced his players can cope with the pressure.

"I'm always doing my work," van Gaal told reporters on Thursday.

"You have to do what you have to do. There are members of my staff who are coming to me and saying 'boss, how can I help you more or in another way?' I say 'you are helping me by doing the things you have to do and as good as possible'. Then I am satisfied.

"I expect that also from my players, to do the same things. This is not my first club. It may be the last club, as I have said, but it is not the first club where I have had a bad period.

"I had bad periods at all my clubs and I have to say the best fans are here at Manchester United because in such a difficult period they were applauding the performance of the players and that's fantastic.

"I don't know [if pressure is easing] because the pressure is also what you experience by yourself and also by the players because they have to perform in a certain time.

"They have to give everything and that's the most difficult aspect of players' function.

"In 90 minutes you have to show it and against the resistance of the opponent, under the pressure of the environment but also under the pressure that you put on yourself.

"You have to cope with that. The way we played under that pressure in the style we want to play, that was fantastic."

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