Jesse Lingard has revealed Louis van Gaal advised his players to ignore the fans during the break in Manchester United's 1-0 Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow. The winger's pass from the right side saw Wayne Rooney head the ball past the keeper in the second half making the difference between the two sides in the end.
The 22-year-old started in his second consecutive European fixture ahead of summer signing Memphis Depay, who has been on the bench for United and also dropped from the Netherlands squad for the upcoming friendlies. Van Gaal played Anthony Martial as the striker, while Rooney played him in the No 10 role.
It was goalless between United and the Russian side after the first half and a section of the fans at Old Trafford wanted their team to attack. Lingard, who was impressive throughout the match, admitted he was trying to excite the fans with his display.
When asked what advice Van Gaal gave the team during the break, Lingard said: "Just to keep going and perform the same as the first half. Be patient, ignore the fans and keep playing your own game. I was trying to be as direct as I could and get the crowd on their feet. Obviously I had to be direct at the right time, so we had to be patient sometimes. I'm glad the goal came."
Prior to the Champions League fixture, United had three goalless draws in all competitions and were on course to register a fourth consecutive 0-0 draw against CSKA. However, Rooney's goal in the final quarter of the game saw the Red Devils seal a narrow win. Van Gaal admitted he was relieved after his side managed to seal a crucial win in the European competition.
"Of course it is a relief because you have seen an attacking Manchester United team creating lots of chances against an organised team. It is always difficult to score goals. We had to wait a long time. We controlled the match for 89 minutes and for one minute we didn't control it," Van Gaal told United's official website.