Man Utd fans turn on Van Gaal again after latest defeat
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:
That has to be it for Van Gaal. Another lamentable Old Trafford display. Even if Mourinho is not the man, change has to happen now #MUFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) January 23, 2016
Have no idea how Van Gaal can survive any longer. Five pts adrift of Spurs in fourth now and the performance level as bad as ever #mufc— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) January 23, 2016
#MUFC board wouldn't care about the turgid football under Van Gaal unless it put precious revenue under threat. That threat is now very real— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) January 23, 2016
Cries of 'Van Gaal out' and loud booing as Van Gaal approaches tunnel. Players follow and are applauded. Obvious #mufc fans want change.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 23, 2016
United are now so boring even Van Gaal can't bear to watch. pic.twitter.com/9yPC93bJTw— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 23, 2016
We don't want him to be handed another £200m. He NEEDS to go. We all wanted him to be a success but he's another FAILURE. #VanGaalOUT— UtdTweets (@UnitedTweets_) January 23, 2016
Today was the 47th time we've failed to score under Van Gaal. #VanGaalOut— Van Gaal Out Club (@VanGaalOutMU) January 23, 2016