Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has come out to comment on his reason for selecting Marouane Fellaini over Juan Mata after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat to rival Manchester City, Express reports.
The return of Wayne Rooney from his three match suspension meant one midfield player had to make way for the club captain as the Dutch manager opted to drop the former Chelsea man ahead of the Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj.
In addition to the omission of the Spanish playmaker, Van Gaal revealed that the selection of Antonio Valencia to replace Rafael at right back was an easy decision, but dropping Mata took some hard decisions.
He said: “Rafael is injured in training so I play with Antonio Valencia at right-back.
“For me it is not difficult to have Wayne Rooney back. He is my captain and is very important to our team.
“Juan Mata was difficult to leave out but you have to choose – Marouane Fellaini has scored and given assists so he is important also.
“My philosophy is always the same. We want to dominate.”