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.
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.