Roy Keane hits out at United fans booing Van Gaal

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Keano is not impressed
Keano is not impressed

Roy Keane has hit out at Manchester United supporters who have jeered manager Louis van Gaal this season.

Van Gaal was taunted by the Old Trafford faithful following last month’s home defeat against Southampton, with Keane suggesting United fans were wrong to turn against the veteran tactician.

“I do understand frustration when your team isn't doing well, but to boo a manager or the team... why,” he asked in quotes appearing on the Manchester Evening News website.

“I know the manager is getting a lot of criticism at the moment but sometimes the players have to take control of the situation.”

Keane went on to suggest the criticism of United’s ‘boring’ style of play under Van Gaal was justified, even though he pointed the finger of blame for their problems this season on the players and not the manager.

"I always think if you can pass it forward quickly then do it,” he added. “Possession is well and good but it's all about putting the ball in the back of the net.

"I see a lot of midfielders at Manchester United obsessed with possession and retaining the ball, but if you can do things quickly, do it."

Jose Mourinho is now widely expected to take over from Van Gaal at the end of this season, after United officials staged talks with advisers for the former Chelsea boss in recent days.