Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has called for calm amid more speculation over the future of manager Louis van Gaal in what he admits is a season of “under-achievement.”
Gill, who remains a non-executive director of United, said he went to the cinema instead of watching “Match of the Day” following the club’s 1-0 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday, which left the Red Devils five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.
Speaking on Sportsweek, Gill said: “Clearly we all hoped the results would have been better and everyone is disappointed with that.
“It’s been a season of under-achievement but I know that everyone, from the owners and Louis van Gaal and his team, is working extremely hard to turn that around.
“It’s not easy but we have to stick together. What you’ve got to do is stick to what you know is right to turn it around and don’t get too distracted.”
United were booed by their fans and Van Gaal admitted it was the worst reaction he has so far experienced in the job.
Gill added: “No one likes to see that. We’re fans as well as directors and we don’t want booing, we want cheering, but I think we’ve got to stay calm.”
The FA vice-chairman, who declined to comment on a report that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has written to United to state his case to become the club’s next manager, does not believe Van Gaal is finding the job more difficult than he imagined but is having to come to terms with a more competitive Premier League.
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