Manchester United chief speaks with players in Louis van Gaal’s absence

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has reportedly spoken with a number of first-team players about the club’s problems this season.

It comes as Louis van Gaal has returned to the Netherlands for a few days after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday, although the Dutchman is expected to be back to hold training on Tuesday.

Nevertheless it comes after he was subjected to significant abuse and criticism at the full-time whistle at the weekend, which in turn led to further questions about his future at the club.

With United suffering their ninth defeat of the Premier League season, Woodward took the opportunity ahead of Friday’s FA Cup clash with Derby County to speak with several players and address the issues that have plagued the team this season, according to Sky Sports.

Whether or not that reflected well on Van Gaal remains to be seen, but ultimately the results this season haven’t been good enough as the Red Devils continue to fall off the pace not only for the title, but also for a Champions League qualification spot.

The English giants have already crashed out of the Champions League this season, and will hope to end a 12-year wait for a FA Cup triumph.

Meanwhile, Van Gaal has faced a huge amount of criticism not only for the results, but also for the side’s style of play and lack of goals, all after spending over £250m in the transfer market to rebuild the squad since taking charge in 2014.

While it hasn’t all been the Dutchman’s fault, it is unclear as to how long the club will continue to support him if results don’t pick up consistently.

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