First published: 5th December, 2015, 5:00 PM
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United’s players were jeered off the pitch by their own supporters after failing to score in Saturday’s goal-less draw against West Ham.
The final whistle was greeted by resounding boos at Old Trafford as United wasted the opportunity to climb the Premier League table after Manchester City’s defeat at Stoke earlier in the afternoon.
Louis van Gaal’s side dominated the match against West Ham but failed to convert the chances they created in what was the team’s fifth goal-less draw in their last nine games.
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 draw for United, coupled with victories for new leaders Leicester and Arsenal, leaves Van Gaal’s fourth in the Premier League on 29 points, three adrift of the top.
Van Gaal’s misery was increased by two fresh injuries, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Paddy McNair both substituted during the match and joining a casualty list that already includes Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and long-term absentees Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw.
Van Gaal revealed afterwards that the Schneiderlin (hip) and McNair (ankle) injuries were minor ones but he admitted they are doubtful for the team’s must-win Champions League trip to Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
“I hope they can play on Tuesday but it’s a big question mark,” said the Dutchman at his post-match media conference.