Former Old Trafford chief admits Van Gaal is struggling

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Former Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has admitted manager Louis van Gaal and the club are underachieving giving the investments made, after yet another loss to Southampton at home in the Premier League on Saturday.

After the game, the United manager and players were booed off the pitch but Gill says the fans must booing the team.

“Clearly we all hope the results would be better and we are all disappointed with that.

“Undoubtedly it has been a season of underachievement given the investment that was made in the summer. But I know everyone is working hard to turn that round.

“No-one likes [the booing]. As directors we’re fans, no-one likes to see that. We don’t want booing we want cheering,” Gill said.

Gill, who retired as United’s CEO in 2013 but still remains a non-executive director at the club has however advised the club not to make any rash decisions as it regards Van Gaal’s future.

“But I think we’ve got to stay calm and make sure we act with the club in mind in terms of its proposals and its targets and where it’s moving forward.

“But the wider point you’re making is for Ed Woodward and the owners to discuss and see what direction the club is going,” he added.

After the loss to Southampton, United remained in fifth place, five points behind fourth placed Tottenham.