Van Gaal: Supporters are right to boo

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 6:35

Louis van Gaal has admitted that supporters were right to boo after Manchester United were beaten by Southampton.

United recorded just one shot on target at Old Trafford as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Saints, who scored an 87th-minute winner through Charlie Austin.

Van Gaal’s side have now won just two of their last ten Premier League games, and are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after 23 games.

Boos rang around Old Trafford at both half and full-time after another insipid home performance, with United having failed to score in each of their last eleven home games before half-time, dating back to September.

Asked on the booing from his own fans, Van Gaal told BBC Sport: “They are right, I cannot deny that. I have seen the match also. In better or for worse we have to stick together.

“We are working very hard but we have a lot of injuries that you cannot change.

“I had a feeling they could score only from a set play,” Van Gaal said of opponents Southampton. “Our defence in set plays was weaker because I changed Fellaini and had to change Darmian. Every change was a weakness in defence.

“I wanted to win this game and that’s why I changed Cameron Borthwick-Jackson for Adnan Januzaj. That is a risk you take, it was a poor game and we didn’t create so much and neither did our opponent.

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

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