Man United boss reveals Dutch failure caused him to bench star pair

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed the reason behind dropping Memphis Depay and Daley Blind in their 3-0 victory over Everton, according to reports from the Mirror.

Depay and Blind have been consistently playing for the Red Devils this season, but both were left on the bench as Van Gaal’s side brushed the Toffees away with an emphatic 3-0 scoreline.

And the Dutchman said that the duo were left out because of the Netherlands’ failure to qualify for Euro 2016, which was a huge embarrassment for the Oranje.

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Van Gaal said: “[My selection] is dependable on the game plan, it is dependable on the qualities of the opponents, which players I want to select for the lineup and also dependable on the defeat of the Dutch team.”

The former Bayern Munich boss went on to hint that because of his side’s dominance against Everton without Blind and Depay, the pair could also miss Man United’s trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this week.

“Now they have played very well, so I am not stupid, I won’t change too much on Wednesday,” he added.

United are only two points off league leaders Manchester City, who they play in next weekend’s top-of-the-table encounter at Old Trafford.