United fans stay away from Old Trafford for match with Crystal Palace

In case Manchester United needed any further examples of the unrest current circulating the club’s fanbase as a desperately disappointing season draws to a close, fans have chosen to avoid attending Old Trafford for Wednesday night’s Premier League game with Crystal Palace.

A place in the top four and Champions League qualification still hangs in the balance for United, with a win tonight putting them a single point behind Arsenal in fourth place, but patience with Louis van Gaal’s dour football appears to have snapped for some.

Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, will find such a deliberate statement of discontent from the club’s match-going fans hard to ignore, and with little to suggest that the identity of United’s manager has been resolved, the club’s board have been handed a damning image of what potentially awaits them should Van Gaal remain in charge for the final year of his contract.