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Manchester United have suffered their worst defeat in a decade in Southampton, with their top scorer, Louis van Gaal, being sacked after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 

“The defeat means the club are in trouble,” Van Gaal said.

“We’re in a bit of a mess.

We have to accept it.”

Southampton boss Claude Puel said: “It’s a blow for Southampton.

“In a lot of areas we were better than they were, we created more chances, we made more chances and they did not create many.” “

The United manager said he would be disappointed if the players did not celebrate, but added: “I want to celebrate. “

In a lot of areas we were better than they were, we created more chances, we made more chances and they did not create many.”

The United manager said he would be disappointed if the players did not celebrate, but added: “I want to celebrate.

If you want to do that, that’s fine.”

Van Gaal also told reporters he had told his players they would be punished if they did nothing to change their attitude. 

Southampton have lost six of their last seven league games and Van Gaal’s side are the lowest-placed team in the Premier League, having just eight points from their last 11 league games.

They have been criticised for not playing as many passes and for not being as strong defensively. 

The game began with a goal by striker Ashley Young, who has scored 10 goals in his last 10 league games, and was then cancelled out by substitute Paul Pogba.

United failed to make it two in the first half after Kevin De Bruyne headed a free-kick wide, and then Pogba had a free header saved by goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Southampton dominated the second half and United struggled to keep their cool. 

United manager Jose Mourinho had been on the bench after a frustrating first half, but he was replaced by former United boss Louis van Nistelrooy. 

Van Nistelloy made a number of changes, replacing defender Phil Jones, defender Chris Smalling, winger Chris Smalley, centre-back Luke Shaw and striker Paul Pogban.

United’s players celebrated after their win at Oldham United