Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stated that his players fought for him in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea and that he will not resign from the Old Trafford post.
The Red Devils are on a poor run of form that has seen them eliminated from the Champions League and drop out of the Premier League’s top four.
Pressure has been mounting on Van Gaal, with suggestions in the press that he could well be replaced in the short term in an effort to stop the rot at Old Trafford.
The experienced Dutchman even suggested he could walk away from his position in Manchester if he felt that the club’s players were not doing their utmost under his stewardship.
Despite United failing to score once more against Chelsea, Van Gaal has remained defiant and suggested that he will not give up the fight.
“I cannot have any influence on that. I can only work with my players and you have seen that my players are fighting for me and that they have given a good performance,” he told the club’s official website.
“Even after this result, the fans were applauding, so I cannot say that I am very much concerned but in this football world, you never know.
“But I have full confidence in the board and in my players. When the players can give such a performance under this pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me.
“Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract.”
United host Swansea in their next fixture and are now five points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.