Following the high of beating Liverpool at Anfield, Man Utd were brought back to reality by Southampton on Saturday. United were limp in their offensive play for the duration of the game and lost the game to a late Charlie Austin’s header.
They are now five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and were booed off by their games during and after the game.
Here are four major talking points about Man Utd from the game:
1) Louis Van Gaal is in trouble and he knows it
Man Utd team was booed on more than one occasion by home fans. Louis Van Gaal has lost the support of the fans and he knows it.
Following the game, he even accepted that the fans were right in booing the team.
“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 of injuries.”
When asked if his terms with the fans are at a new low, he said: “Yes, because it was very clear.”
— The ManUtd Blog (@the_manutd_blog) January 23, 2016
2) Man Utd have serious injury concerns in defence
United lost Ashley Young to a long-term injury last week and they lost Matteo Darmian during the defeat against Southampton.
The lack of fit personnel in defence might force Louis Van Gaal’s hand in defence.
3) Man Utd are still struggling offensively
The win against Liverpool now looks like an anomaly. Louis Van Gaal’s men are still struggling to score goals and it was very evident in the game today.
Wayne Rooney was unable to continue his goal scoring streak as the Red Devils once again suffered a defeat in front of the home fans.
4) Top-four spot looks more and more unlikely
Leicester City and Tottenham continued their splendid run while United dropped points. The gap between United and Tottenham stands at five points at the moment and it’s only going to wider if United doesn’t improve their performances drastically in the coming weeks.