Van Gaal says Jonny Evans ‘set him straight’ over English defence comment

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed how defender Jonny Evans had to correct him when he accidentally claimed United were lining up with an all-English defence in the dressing room before the game.

Ahead of the 3-0 victory against Liverpool, van Gaal had been talking to his players pre-match and mentioned the fact he was lining up three English defenders, until Evans spoke up to correct him.

Van Gaal seemed relaxed about the error and can probably be put down to the manager’s inexperienced use of the English language and it definitely didn’t have any affect on Evans’ performance during the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, van Gaal joked about the mistake and also singled out Michael Carrick for once again doing a good club in defence.

“You can single out as many players as you want. Yes, Michael Carrick did well in defence,” he said.

“I said it was an all-English defence today but then Jonny Evans corrected me and told me he is from Northern Ireland. So a British defence.”

Van Gaal was forced into the change when Marcos Rojo picked up an injury in training on Saturday meaning Phil Jones made his return to action sooner than expected in the Liverpool game.

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