After Saturday's embarrassing but somewhat deserved booing following Manchester United 1-0 defeat to Southampton FC, Louis van Gaal and the squad were back at training Tuesday.

After two days off the squad were back at Carrington, facing preparations for Friday night's FA Cup trip to Derby County. An important game that if played wrongly, could put an end to any silverware hopes in Van Gaal's second season.

Saturday’s loss leaves Manchester United in fifth place in the league, five points off the top four and ten behind leaders Leicester

According to reports the Dutchman, despite clearly upsetting many fans with his poor performance so far, still has backing of club executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who wants him to stay until the end of the season.

After United lost three successive Premier League matches and were knocked out of the Champions League, Van Gaal offered to quit as manager, but even though United failed to score against Southampton on Saturday and failed to score in the first half at Old Trafford for the eleventh match in a row, the 64-year-old did not offer his resignation.

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat, Van Gaal admitted he had let the fans down.

“They are right to boo. I cannot deny that, I saw the match,” he said.

'For better or for worse we have to stick together. We are working very hard, but we have had a lot of injuries. That you cannot change.

'I'm very disappointed that I cannot reach the expectations of the fans.

'They have — or they had — great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated. I agree with them, so it doesn't have any impact (on me).

'They have knowledge of football, of entertaining football, and you have to play football to entertain the fans.'