Louis van Gaal defends Marouane Fellaini snub following West Bromwich Albion defeat

Louis van Gaal defends Marouane Fellaini snub following West Bromwich Albion defeat

Louis van Gaal has explained why he chose to bring on Timothy Fosu-Mensah rather than Marouane Fellaini in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

With United a goal and a man down following Juan Mata’s dismissal at The Hawthorns, van Gaal used his final substitution to bring on Fosu-Mensah for Matteo Darmian in the 83rd minute.

The change was a source of frustration for supporters as the imposing Fellaini might have offered more support to Anthony Martial up top.

Speaking about the substitution, van Gaal said: ”It is not because Fellaini can play in a striker position that we are better off as a team, I have to see how we can build up and at the time Fosu-Mensah was coming in we were not building up, we were only doing long balls, thats why I thought with him we could do better, Darmian played twice within four days and was injured, I had to take care of him.”

Van Gaal also chose to replace the forward-thinking Ander Herrera with Morgan Schneiderlin on Sunday in another change that bemused supporters.

The substitutions summed up the Dutchman’s whole approach this season; slow, calculated build-up play. United, in previous years, might have thrown the kitchen sink at West Brom in order to secure a point or perhaps more. As it turned out, van Gaal’s philosophy has cost United more points this term.

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Tanveer has been writing with The Peoples Person since August 2015 and is a life long Manchester United fan.