Louis van Gaal, speaking in his post-match press conference following the FA Cup tie with West Ham United, says that he was disappointed to hear the reaction of the Manchester United supporters to Marouane Fellaini's substitution.
Van Gaal defends Fellaini
Fellaini was subbed for Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 76th minute of the match against West Ham and loads of fans started to sarcastically cheer. Van Gaal though after the game leaped to the midfielder's defence, saying it was wrong.
Van Gaal, when asked if he was unhappy with the reaction of the fans to the Fellaini substitution, said, "Yeah, because I think Fellaini again played a good match," as he did what the manager had asked him to do during the match. Van Gaal gave Fellaini praise after his performance against Liverpool as well.
The Dutchman continued to say that Fellaini "performed well in [United's] gameplay" and that it was "disappointing" to hear the jeers, as the fans should be getting behind the players and not having a go at them even if they don't play well.
Yesterday against West Ham was not the first time that Fellaini has been the subject to sarcastic applause from the United fans, as last year in a pre-season game against Valencia they did the same. Fellaini though would go on to score the winner in that game which showed he was the bigger person.
The crowd noise could have effected the whole team
The disappointing thing about the whole Fellaini situation was that it happened at a time when United were searching for an equaliser, and to hear the crowd not supporting the team would be difficult.
United finally levelled things up though when Fellaini was taken off thanks to a good goal from Anthony Martial, which means that the winner of the quarter-final will be decided in a replay.