Under fire Van Gaal admits fans right to be unhappy

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal odds on to be next Premier League manager to be sacked after another dire performance at home, understands why fans booed team off

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 23, 2016) (NICHE MEDIA) – Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal admitted United fans had every right to be upset with their team after losing at home to Southampton on Saturday (January 23) as UK bookmakers made him odds on to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

An inviting cross from the right flank presented Charlie Austin with a dream debut for the visitors and he powered home an unstoppable header three minutes from time.

A resolute Southampton repeated their success in the corresponding fixture last season when a Dusan Tadic goal gave them their first league victory at Old Trafford in 27 years.

With their midfield stifled, United lacked any spark or creativity and their afternoon was summed up by several harmless efforts from lone striker Wayne Rooney.

A mouse appearing on the pitch in the second half drew one of the loudest cheers from a subdued home crowd, who jeered Van Gaal down the tunnel.

The Dutchman acknowledged United were feeling the heat again after the defeat ended a mini-revival following a very poor run in December.

Yes, I don’t know, but it was a poor performance,” Van Gaal said when asked if it was one of the worst United performances of his tenure. “Of course, because football is not only defending but also creating chances and we didn’t create any chance and our opponent neither. So it was a poor game for the fans I can imagine that.”

He added that it was the worst reaction he had heard from United fans: “Yes because now it was very clear I think. I can imagine also because I have seen also a poor match. Of course you can analyse that as a manager, as players have to do, but because it is also difficult to create chances when you are tactically busy with pressing each other. Pressure on the ball, and we did it and they did it, and that is why we don’t keep the ball. Neither they keep the ball so much, so then you get a match like that.”

Van Gaal insisted that he was determined to turn things around at Old Trafford.

“I can only work hard with my players to improve our game and that is what I am doing,” he said. “And of course I am disappointed, and I can imagine that. And I have to think and already I put the question how can I change this? Because we have to change this and that is my job.”

Inevitably questions turned to whether Van Gaal would survive as United manager.

“I cannot answer that because normally I communicate everything with everybody it is not to me to answer this kind of questions,” he said.