Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted that the Old Trafford crowd was right to boo him and his team following the Red Devils' 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
United failed to score a first-half goal for the 11th time this season under the Dutchman and the game looked to be heading towards a draw until Saints debutant Charlie Austin headed home in the 87th minute to spark a chorus of boos around Old Trafford.
Van Gaal’s side sit fifth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur just a week on from the 64-year-old’s claim that United could still challenge for the Premier League title.
But Van Gaal was quick to admit that following the defeat the crowd were right to voice their frustration in his direction with his relationship with the fans at an all time low.
"You cannot say they are not right," he said.
"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.
"That was our problem in the last minute, but it was a poor game. 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.
"Our opponents play with five defenders and are very compact but still we have to create chances."