Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit back at fans stating that he does not need their opinion to run the team.
Fans were riled by Van Gaal's inventive tactics against Queens Park Rangers where Phil Jones was burdened with the responsibility to take corners and Wayne Rooney was deployed in a midfield role.
Fans have urged Van Gaal to switch to a 4-4-2 formation to add more teeth to their attack, especially with the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao on the pitch.
His experimentation with tactics was found out in United's 1-0 loss to Southampton when he left Falcao out of the squad and persisted with James Wilson, who is still some way from making the cut in the first team.
Slowly but surely fans are turning against the Red Devils manager, as statistically it is being proved that the Dutchman is no better than David Moyes, who was ignominiously sacked midway through the season for failing to lead United to better results last year.
His latest rant is unlikely to bring him closer to fans, especially with their top four status under threat from Arsenal and Tottenham.
"I have to look at the players, I have to communicate with the players and observe the players. I can't observe the fans because Manchester United have 600 million fans all over the world. You can't take into account 600 million opinions," Van Gaal said as quoted by the Mirror.
"To look at the players, to communicate with the players, to observe, to analyse and so on. That's my job as a manager. Before this match I've thought about this shape and to play it. Then I look to my players in a training session, I look to my game plan and then I choose and that depends, also, from what I see at the training ground," he added.