He doesn’t help himself, does he?
While Louis van Gaal has undoubtedly had a ridiculous amount of injuries to deal with this season, the Dutchman simply can’t use that as much of an excuse.
Forget the fact an eye watering £250m has been invested into player recruitment over the course of his tenure, or the frankly awful style of play that has largely been deployed under his stewardship.
Rashford off, Martial stays left and Young on as central striker. Would love to know what's going on in LVG's head.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 10, 2016
Today’s game with title trailing Tottenham Hotspur was a crucial one in deciding their their fate this season.
Van Gal confusing everyone here, takes Rashford off and keeps Martial out wide? Young up front now? #THFCvMUFC
— Richard (@RichardE1875) April 10, 2016
Had they have won in North London, the Red Devils could have at least kept the faint hope of qualifying for the Champions League as the beacon of light to guide them to the summer.
Boring, boring Man United. Stupid decision to take Rashford off. Should've been Rojo to make way for Young.
— Brittany Young (@BrittanyYoungx) April 10, 2016
However, a loss against Spurs all but ended such hope.
Granted, losing to this incarnation of the White Hart Lane outfit is nothing to be ashamed about. They are second in the league for a reason after all.
Van Gaal removed Rashford with promising effort to play a dead Young up front. Im sick
— Dann (@Dansmage) April 10, 2016
Still, it’s the bizarre tactical change he opted to use at the interval that has provoked the chagrin of the United faithful.
Why Rashford got taken off for Ashley Young to play up front I'll never know.
— – (@benhomme_) April 10, 2016
Taking Marcus Rashford off, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach replaced the teenage sensation with Ashley Young.
To use as a central striker.
Honestly LvG? Who to put upfront? Rashford? Martial? Depay? Nah… Let's play the guy I've spent 2 years turning into a wing back…Young
— Tom Kunde (@TKunde) April 10, 2016
While keeping Anthony Martial on the left.
That particular move all but brought an end to any sign of a focal point within the frontline while the scores were level.