Manchester United’s players and manager were booed off the pitch after a 1-0 loss
Manchester United’s players and manager were booed off the pitch after a 1-0 loss against Southampton at Old Trafford. This was yet another game in which the club failed to score at home.
This has raised concerns about Louis Van Gaal continuing at Old Trafford for long. The Dutchman is already one of the favourites to get sacked before the end of the season. The defeat against Southampton means that United have accumulated just 37 points from 23 games. This has been their lowest ever tally at this stage of the season. Van Gaal accepted the public displeasure shown by the supporters after the match.
More than the loss, United fans have been disappointed with how the team has been playing in the last few months. The lack of chances under Van Gaal was amply demonstrated in the game against Southampton, as the club managed just one shot on target in the entire game. The first half witnessed just one speculative effort from Daley Blind and it was greeted with ironic cheers from the supporters. The loss against Southampton means that United now have to make up five points in order to reclaim the top four spot from Tottenham, who had managed a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
"You cannot say they are not right. They are right, and of course they are disappointed and have the right to boo me, but we have to stick together in this period because we have a lot injuries. It was not good today. We lost and in our defence you could know that our defence at set plays became every minute weaker because I have to change players. We could not create chances and our opponent had also few chances, so it's more or less a 0-0 game, but at the end we have lost,” said Van Gaal.