Man United boss reveals reason behind half-time tactical substitution

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has come out to reveal why he substituted star right back Matteo Darmian out at half-time against Southampton, according to reports from the Express.

Darmian arrived at Old Trafford from Torino in a £12.7million deal during the summer, with the Italy international instantly brought into the starting line-up by Van Gaal.

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However, Darmian was taken off and replaced by Antonio Valencia during the break, and the Dutch boss has confessed that there was no injury to the defender, but that it was a tactical substitution to minimize the threat from Southampton’s Dusan Tadic on the left wing.

He explained: “It was a tactical change because Tadic had a lot of space and was very dangerous for us. I wanted to eliminate that with Valencia and he did that very well I think.”

And the switch seemed to be extremely effective, as the Red Devils went on to win 3-2 thanks to a double from £36million summer signing Anthony Martial and a strike from Juan Mata, while Graziano Pelle’s double for the Saints was not enough to save the St. Mary’s club from defeat.