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Man Utd fans turn on Van Gaal again after latest defeat

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Van Gaal was jeered as he left the Old Trafford arena
Van Gaal was jeered as he left the Old Trafford arena

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is facing up to a fresh crisis after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Southampton at Old Trafford.

A late Charlie Austin goal secured all three points for Southampton, with the boos ringing around Old Trafford at the final whistle louder than they have been at any point in Van Gaal's time as United boss.

Van Gaal stuggled to defend his side's latest woeful display, as he suggested injuries to key players were to blame for his side's lack of attacking potency.

"In better or for worse we have to stick together," said Van Gaal. "We are working very hard but we have a lot of injuries that you cannot change.

"It was not good today. We lost and you could know that it would happen with a set-play, but it was a poor game. We could not create chances and that is partly down to the organisation of our opponents. Still we have to create chances, we know that."

He also accepted that the Old Trafford faithful had a right to boo his players after their latest blank:

"They are right, I cannot deny that. I have seen the match also," added the United boss.

"Because you have to meet expectation and expectations are very high, that gives a lot of pressure for the players."

Callers to United's own TV channel were calling for Van Gaal to quit after the game, with this reaction from the Old Trafford faithful at the end of the game suggesting that a growing majority of United fans have turned against the veteran Dutchman:

Meanwhile, the reaction on Twitter was venomous as United fans and journalists turned on Van Gaal: