Previous
Real Madrid
Barcelona
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 1
Game Details
AC Milan
KF Shk├źndija
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Everton
Hajduk Split
7:05 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Ajax Amsterdam
Rosenborg
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Panathinaikos
Athletic Bilbao
6:30 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Domzale
Marseille
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Viitorul Constanta
FC Salzburg
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Club Brugge
AEK Athens
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Next
Swansea CitySwansea City
Manchester UnitedManchester United
11:30 AM UTC
Game Details

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Man Utd 1 0 0 3
2 Huddersfield 1 0 0 3
3 Man City 1 0 0 3
View Full Table »

Louis van Gaal says Man United fans 'have right to boo' him after defeat

MANCHESTER -- Louis van Gaal accepted the Manchester United crowd turned on him more than ever before in their 1-0 loss to Southampton -- and admitted they were justified in doing so.

Supporters were chanting "attack, attack, attack" after just 40 minutes at Old Trafford and booed United off after the first half and again on the final whistle.

Van Gaal's team only recorded one shot on target -- from centre-back Daley Blind -- and were beaten by a late goal from Southampton substitute Charlie Austin.

Manchester UnitedManchester United
SouthamptonSouthampton
0
1
FT
Game Details

And Van Gaal both heard and understood the fans' reaction, saying in a news conference: "It was very clear. It was a poor game for the fans. I can imagine [why] also because I have seen also a poor match. We didn't create any chances.

"You cannot say that they [fans] are not right. They are right and of course they are disappointed and they have the right to boo me."

The Dutchman believes he faces a struggle to turn things around and to win the fans back over.

"I cannot change that feeling," he said. "I can only work hard with my players to improve our game and that is what I am doing.

"Of course I am disappointed but already I put the question of how I can change this because we have to change this. That is my job and not and it is not an easy job at the moment.

"Even though we have had very good results in January, we could not show that confidence in this game."

Louis van Gaal heard the fans' reaction as his team only managed one shot on target.

The result will inevitably raise further questions about Van Gaal's future at United, who had just one shot on target in the whole 90 minutes, but the Dutchman wouldn't be drawn on the issue.

"I cannot answer that," Van Gaal said. "It's not [up] to me to answer this question."

When asked whether it was the worst performance of his reign, Van Gaal said: "I don't know, but it was a poor performance, of course. Football is not only defending but creating chances, and we didn't create any chances. Our opponents neither -- I think it was a poor game for the fans."

Van Gaal was also unsure why United couldn't build on their recent positive results.

"That's the question," he said. "When you have these results you have to have confidence, but the pressure of Southampton was also high on the ball. So our opponent makes it more difficult, but still I had the impression we could have done it better."

Van Gaal felt Austin's goal came because he removed the ineffectual Marouane Fellaini and the injured Matteo Darmian, leaving his side short of set-piece markers.

"I had the fear already in advance because every change I did we became weaker in the defence because Fellaini is a tall guy and Darmian is also a defender and he was out," he said. "So I had the fear. We don't have to make that kind of foul I think."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.