By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United director David Gill went to the movies on Saturday night to avoid watching highlights of the team’s dismal 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
United were booed off the pitch by their own fans after slipping to their sixth Premier League loss of the season on Saturday.
Former United chief executive Gill admitted the team’s results and performances this season have been way below par given the investment over the last two summers.
Speaking to the BBC Sportsweek programme on Sunday morning, Gill revealed he went to watch Hollywood drama The Big Short at the cinema on Saturday rather than watch Match of the Day.
He added: “We all hoped the results would be better. Everyone is disappointed. Clearly the results have not been good enough.
“Undoubtedly this has been a season of underachievement. Everyone would agree with that given the investment made.”
Gill explained he is a non-executive director at Old Trafford and is not privy to discussions about Louis van Gaal’s position, as that process is overseen by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazer family, who own United.
But the lifelong United supporter admitted the team are not much fun to watch under the Dutch manager.
“I’m not going to sit here and say it is that attractive,” added Gill. “What we did in the past was great. You have to have the players to do that, Ryan Giggs, [David] Beckham and Scholes.
“I’m sure that we want attractive football and I’m sure that will be the key part going forward. We don’t want booing. We want cheering.”
Gill failed at any point in the interview to give his backing to Van Gaal, who has 18 months remaining on the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2014.
“We have to stay calm and make sure we act with the club in mind and in terms of its proposals and targets,” Gill said. “The wide point is for Ed and the owners to decide which way it is going.
“Everyone is working extremely hard to turn it around. It is not easy. It looks like it is from the outside but it is not easy.”