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Published: 22:10 | 17/5/16

Van Gaal thanks fans for support

Dutchman receives mixed reception after match

Louis Van Gaal thanked the Manchester United fans for their "unconditional support" after watching his side beat Bournemouth 3-1 at Old Trafford.

The result - secured courtesy of goals from Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young, with the Cherries' coming via a Chris Smalling own goal - meant the hosts finish in fifth place, securing Europa League qualification.

At the traditional lap of honour for the last home match of the campaign, Van Gaal took the microphone to speak to the fans ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final and, with vast swathes of seats empty, he was booed by some before receiving a warm round of applause.

"On behalf of my players, staff and myself, thank you for your unconditional support," he said.

"Wherever we have played, however things have gone on the field, you never let us down.

"We hope to bring the FA Cup home to you."

However, in his post-match press conference, Van Gaal admitted the club had taken a step back by finishing fifth but warned fans expectations are 'much too high'.

"Of course, because our aim in the first year and also the second and the third shall be Champions League. It is the highest level and a club like Manchester United has to play at that level," he replied when asked if they team had taken a step back.

"But there are more clubs who want to play at that level and you have seen that.

"The expectation is very high. The fans are expecting a lot but I think these expectations are much too high."

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