Louis van Gaal explains Ashley Young substitution against Tottenham Hotspur

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has said he brought Ashley Young at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur for Marcus Rashford because he wanted more runs in behind their defence.

Young, 30, played up front for the first time since being used there by van Gaal against LA Galaxy in the 2014 pre-season tour and had very little impact in that position.

It was a tactical substitution which drew severe criticism from Manchester United fans and speaking after the game, van Gaal said: “Ashley Young came on because I wanted runs in behind Tottenham Hotspur.”

Imagine thinking that taking off Marcus Rashford, one of the few players who was actually making runs, to improve our runs in behind Spurs’ defence was a smart move. It truly defies all logic.

Unsurprisingly, the change did little to help United and we capitulated after Timothy Fosu-Mensah went off with an injury just before the 70th minute mark.

That defeat to Spurs has left me extremely angry because the game was there for the taking. We had the better of the opening exchanges in the match but couldn’t make the most of our opportunities and collapsed spectacularly when an 18-year-old was taken off.

If you needed another example of why van Gaal simply has to be sacked as United manager, re-watch that game against Spurs today.

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