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Van Gaal felt no regrets after sitting out Falcao

Posted on | January 12, 2015 | No Comments

Louis van Gaal, Manchester United boss, is not feeling regretful over his decision to sit out Radamel Falcao when the team lost to Southampton on Sunday, but online bookmaking services know that many fans were not happy at all to see the player miss the match.

The striker from Colombia was not included in the manager’s squad for the day of the match, when they were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Van Gaal’s side ended up being downed after a strike by Dusan Tadic in the second half of the game, and Southampton moved up to third place in the Premier League thanks to the win, but after the game, the manager was still sticking by his decision.

When the Dutchman was asked about his decision, he said that it was just a case of making sure that his bench was made the right way, considering that there were concerns regarding the fitness of Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, and Angel di Maria.

When reporters asked him if he was regretful about the decision that he made, the manager said: “No. The reason is that I have to see and compare players in my selection, that is what I’m doing when we train.

“Then I have to look at the composition of my selection and what I can do during the match. What players I have and I want to play with those kind of players, did not have match rhythm.

“So I had to change for example, Shaw and Di Maria, I know that in advance. Normally, I would have changed Di Maria for [James] Wilson because I also need speed in attack.

“I know in advance I have to change Luke Shaw and normally I have to change Daley Blind because he also needs match rhythm.

“In advance I know I have to change defensive players, when you see the composition of the bench and I want to change the playing style, which I did with Marouane Fellaini, then I don’t have any position for a second striker.

“This is this moment, next week is another moment. Shall I decide another way?”

The manager also confirmed that striker Robin van Persie had a problem involving his ankle, and on Monday will have an injury scan. The team’s fans and online bookmaking services hope that all will go well with him, as they’re well aware of what a key part of the team he is.




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