Van Gaal explains why he left out Morgan Schneiderlin against West Ham

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has said the decision to drop Morgan Schneiderlin and start both Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera was due to the physicality of West Ham.

Schneiderlin has grown in influence for Manchester United in midfield and is our best midfielder by some margin, so the decision left fans extremely confused and somewhat frustrated.

As it turned out, Fellaini put in one of his best performances this season and Carrick recovered after a sloppy first half. Speaking about the decision, van Gaal said: “West Ham are a very physical side – that’s why I have chosen Fellaini and Herrera.”

Where is the logic in that Louis? Schneiderlin has been our best battling midfielder by some distance this season, so he should have been the first player in that midfield against a physical side. At this stage, it almost looks like van Gaal is trying to wind us all up.

West Ham didn’t turn up tonight and played into United’s hands. Carrick was pretty awful in the first half and had they tried to isolate him more, he could have been sent off after getting a booking for standing in the way of Dmitri Payet.

Do you think it was the right decision to leave Schneiderlin on the bench? The result indicates it was but it’s still up for debate. Just because a man wins big after putting £1000 on black on a roulette table, doesn’t mean it was a mad decision to begin with.

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