Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he has not lived up to expectations as his side were booed by fans after losing against Southampton.

United supporters were mutinous following their 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on Saturday.

They have now failed to net a first-half goal for the 11th game in a row.

“They have – or they had – great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated because of that,” said Dutchman Van Gaal.

United are fifth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 10 off leaders Leicester.

The Red Devils have taken 37 points from their first 23 games, their lowest total in the Premier League era and three points fewer than under David Moyes during the 2013-14 season.

After the defeat against Southampton, Van Gaal had said: “They are right to boo. I cannot deny that, I saw the match.

“For better or for worse we have to stick together. We are working very hard, but we have had a lot of injuries. That you cannot change.”

Van Gaal was also criticised on the club’s official television channel, MUTV, with former Reds winger Bojan Djordjic suggesting “the only corner we are turning is into some dark alley where we get robbed again”.

Next up for United is a trip to face Championship side Derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday (kick-off 19:55 GMT).

Darmian taken to hospital

Matteo Darmian (right)

Matteo Darmian (right) was injured in a challenge with Shane Long

On Saturday, United were without Ashley Young, who Van Gaal says faces “a long time” out with a serious groin injury, and lost fellow defender Matteo Darmian mid-way through the second half following a clash with Shane Long.

Van Gaal revealed the Italian was “spitting blood” after leaving the pitch and had gone to hospital.

If the 26-year-old is now sidelined it will leave United without a fit senior full-back, with Luke Shaw still out after suffering a double fracture of his right leg last September.

United’s woe in numbers

Manchester United managers in the Premier League

Games Wins %

Sir Alex Ferguson (1986-2013)




David Moyes (2013-14)




Ryan Giggs (2014)




Louis van Gaal (2014-Present)




Wayne Rooney
Man Utd points after 23 games

Manchester United have taken 37 points so far this season – their worst tally after 23 games in a single Premier League season. Their highest is 57 points in 2006-07

Man Utd half-time scores last 11 games

Manchester United have failed to score a goal in the first half of their last 11 home games. The only goal scored in a first half at Old Trafford during that time was Cameron Jerome’s 38th-minute goal in Norwich’s 2-1 win in December