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Van Gaal was upset at Smalling after two yellow cards
By Andrew Scott Monday, 3 November 2014 04:33
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal was not very happy at all with Chris Smalling, as he said that he’s “not very smart” after giving the player his marching orders in his side’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City. Sports software services saw that many fans were also very disappointed by the player’s actions.
Smalling, centre-back for United, was given two yellow cards. He got one of them after getting in the way of Joe Hart’s attempt to make a clearance, and then he got another one due to a foul made on City’s James Milner, and in the game’s 39th minute the player was sent off the pitch.
The player’s absence from the game was very important, as Sergio Aguero was the one to grab the only goal for City, securing them a league derby victory for the fourth time in a row since 1970, and many fans still remember when this started.
And the United boss was pretty upset with what the player did, saying: “When you are on a yellow card, you know as a player you cannot do what he did.
“I said to the players [about being down to 10 men] but, in spite of that, they will not always follow what I have said.
“It’s all about emotion and sometimes you cannot control it, but it was not very smart.”
However, United did get some praises for the way that they played with one less man when the game was coming to an end.
After this, the coach said that United is starting to improve, even though the team is currently just within the Premier League’s top half.
The coach added: “The willpower and labour was unbelievable. We you give that you can be very proud but, in the end, we have zero points.
“In sports, it’s always the goals that count and we were so close in spite of playing with 10 men.
“We are close. You can see it every week but we need more points. The fans were applauding after the game and they can see the boys are willing to give everything.”
The problems that the coach’s pending suspension gave the team were summed up after Marcos Rojo was pulled out during the second period of the game, to the concern of many fans and sports software services.
The player’s substitution meant that the visiting side finished the game with an improvised back four which featured Paddy McNair, Michael Carrick, and Antonio Valencia.
The coach said: “His shoulder is out [dislocated]. You never know how long that will take. We will see tomorrow [Monday] but I don’t think he will play against Crystal Palace [on Saturday].
“But we have other very good players, so I don’t cry for that [injuries] – although sometimes it’s difficult to select the best team.”