Man United put in a dismal attacking performance at Old Trafford in which they only mustered one shot on target.
Their lack of cutting edge in front of goal was eventually punished as Charlie Austin headed home a late winner for the Saints. United supporters were livid with what they saw and they let their feelings be known after the final whistle:
United needed to build up a head of steam following the win against Liverpool last week but they were truly awful against Southampton.
Talk of a title challenge proved to be extremely premature and it is clear that United are now in a real battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
The large majority of the blame has to fall at van Gaal’s feet and it is hard to see United improving under his leadership. It’s time for the United hierarchy to make some tough decisions.