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Published: 10:43 | 17/3/16

Van Gaal relishing 'difficult' challenge

Believes his squad can deliver

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is relishing his side's Europa League clash with Liverpool tonight, but admits that it will be difficult to overturn the Merseysiders' two-goal advantage from the first leg.

Liverpool took a giant step towards the Europa league quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over United in the first leg of their round of 16 clash at Anfield last week, but Van Gaal hasn't given up hope of turning the tie around.

"I think the challenge to beat Liverpool and the challenge that we are two goals down is a big challenge," he said.

"We have to believe in it and it starts with the players, of course, but it starts also with the fans. The fans have a lot of impact on the pitch.

"I have spoken only with the players about the victory and we have to believe in it."

The Dutchman believes that his team owe their fans a big performance to salvage something from what has proven a disappointing season so far.

"We owe always to the fans a big result because the fans are paying to see that.

"We have to deliver, but in sport you can lose and you can win. It's very difficult but you have to accept that.

"But (on Thursday) we only have to think we have to beat Liverpool and we have beat them 2-0 - not with 3-0 because we can do that also in extra time.

"We have to do it in 90 minutes, 2-0, then we have the chance to beat them and go to the next round.

"You know that we have scored goals within three or four minutes this season, so it is possible.

"I am very satisfied about the fans because the results what we have achieved this season are not the results the fans are thinking that we have to fulfil.

"We don't fulfil the expectations and still they support this team and this manager. But the most important thing is this team. That's the main thing.

"We need their support also because their impact is big."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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