Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits the club fans were right to boo him in the aftermath of the team's 1-0 defeat by Southampton on Saturday evening.
Southampton striker Charlie Austin headed the winner on 87 minutes from James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick after being on the field for just seven minutes on his debut.
“I had a feeling they could score only from a set-play. Our defence in set-plays was weaker because I changed Fellaini and had to change Darmian. Every change was a weakness in defence,” said Van Gaal.
“I wanted to win this game and that’s why I changed Cameron Borthwick-Jackson for Adnan Januzaj. That is a risk you take, it was a poor game and we didn’t create so much and neither did our opponent.
“Because you have to meet expectation and expectations are very high, that gives a lot of pressure for the players.”
Asked whether the Old Trafford fans were right to boo, he added:
“They are right, I cannot deny that. I have seen the match also. In better or for worse we have to stick together.
“We are working very hard but we have a lot of injuries that you cannot change.”
United’s defensive crisis appears to have worsened after Matteo Darmian was forced off with an injury.
The Italian clashed heads with Saints striker Shane Long during the second half and went straight down the tunnel and Van Gaal confirmed he has gone to hospital.
“He’s in hospital. He was spitting blood so we have to wait & see,” added Van Gaal.
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