Louis van Gaal: Manchester United had no confidence against Southampton

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal was downbeat following Manchester United’s dismal 1-0 defeat against Southampton on Saturday.

Man United put in an abysmal attacking display as Charlie Austin’s late winner secured all three points for the Saints.

It was United’s sixth league defeat this term and the 11th consecutive home game in which they have failed to score in the first half. Van Gaal admitted it was a “pity” that United couldn’t get the three points.

“I can only say what I have seen. I think that, after a row of three victories and a draw in 2016, then you have a lot of confidence,” van Gaal said.

“That I didn’t see today. Also, the expectations are very high and the pressure for the players is also high because of that. Of course, at half-time, I changed Juan Mata and saw, in the first 15 minutes, we were better and the fans were behind the team and cheering for the team. Darmian was injured and then it was gone. It’s a pity we didn’t continue with our momentum.”

United were atrocious from start to finish against Southampton and the performances are becoming far too familiar for supporters.

Everything seems to be formulaic with United no matter who they are playing; poor first half, barely any chances created and a sucker punch at the end. Things need to be much better and quickly if van Gaal is to stay in a job.

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