Van Gaal told by Man U he's underachieved after spending big

According to reports, he was nearly fired after Christmas, but three wins - notably a 1-0 victory and Liverpool - and a tie at the beginning of the year eased the pressure on the 64-year-old Van Gaal.

It was not an enjoyable experience for the United manager or executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who fixed his eyes on Van Gaal from the director's box after the final whistle.

Winger Young is furious that Van Gaal has virtually ended his chances of making Euro 2016 by writing him off with injury.

The Guardian and The Sun reported on Monday night that, for the third time this season if James Ducker was correct about two previous resignation attempts, van Gaal attempted to walk away yet was unable to thanks to Woodward.

And Mata, who came on as a half-time substitute in the defeat, admits the whole United squad is hurting after they fell ten points behind the Premier League summit.

Juan Mata says he fully understands Manchester United fans' frustrations - as the players are feeling exactly the same.

Van Gaal has travelled to the Netherlands to celebrate his daughter's birthday and is not due to return to the United Kingdom until Tuesday, when he is expected to take training at Carrington as normal.

Van Gaal was more forgiving of the fans' reaction: "They are right (to boo)".

Manchester United's loss to Southampton leaves the club in fifth place, five points out of the Champions League spots.

Van Gaal was booed after the defeat on Saturday and his post-match words did not provide much encouragement that he believes he can effect a change.

Mourinho was hotly-tipped to replace Louis van Gaal in the Red Devils hotseat, but the under-fire Dutchman has so far managed to dodge the axe. Everyone is motivated to do that.” Such a downward spiral would not have been anticipated going into the season, given that more than $350 million has been spent on new players since Van Gaal took charge in 2014. Indeed, he often cited the faith Old Trafford supporters had shown in him as a reason he wanted to so desperately turn things around on the field.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has set his sights on silverware this season, with the FA Cup his target.

And the Dutchman said United's supporters had every right to boo after another in a series of tepid displays.

"The fans want to see goals and see us attack", said the defender. "It's not easy but we have to stick together", Gill said.

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