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Louis van Gaal has admitted Manchester United fans were right to criticise the players following the 2-1 defeat by FC Midtjylland.
Having gone ahead through a Memphis Depay goal, United saw their lead wiped out by Pione Sisto's strike before Paul Onuachu secured a famous victory for the hosts.
The result means United must win the return leg if they are to progress to the last-16 of the Europa League and fans were quick to make their feelings known as they shouted 'We're s**t' after the final whistle.
"The fans can criticise. They can do that because, when ou see the second half, maybe they are right," Van Gaal said. "We have to improve and then the fans shall support us again."
United suffered a blow shortly before kick-off when David de Gea picked up a knee injury during the warm-up and Van Gaal believes it contributed to his side's poor performance.
"I think it's the law of Murphy," the Dutchman said.
"When you have such a list of injured players and a few minutes before the game we can add another player to it, then it is difficult to cope.
"I have to make another line-up every week more or less so that isn't contributing to much more confidence. So we are in a difficult situation."