By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United’s players were jeered off the pitch by their own supporters after slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
The final whistle was greeted by resounding boos at Old Trafford as United wasted the opportunity to climb the Premier League table.
An 87th minute goal by Southampton debutant Charlie Austin condemned Louis van Gaal’s team to their sixth Premier League defeat of the season.
In what has become a familiar theme this season at Old Trafford, United failed to have a single shot on target in the first half and had only one in the entire match.
Van Gaal has had to regularly defended his team’s playing style this season, with ex-players and supporters critical of their lack of adventure.
The defeat for United, coupled with victories for new leaders Leicester and Tottenham, leaves Van Gaal’s team fifth in the Premier League on 37 points, 10 adrift of the top.
Van Gaal’s misery was increased by a fresh defensive injury, with Matteo Darmian becoming the club’s sixth injured full-back as he joins Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw on the sidelines.