Man United 4 Man City 2: I was a bit stupid, admits Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal regretted his decision not to substitute Michael Carrick earlier in Manchester Untied's 4-2 win over Manchester City

Louis van Gaal admitted that he was “a bit stupid” after being forced to bring off Michael Carrick with an injury after Manchester United had made all of their substitutions in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Manchester City.

The midfielder hobbled off in the 87th minute at Old Trafford as United were forced to finish the game with 10 men.

And Van Gaal revealed that most of his squad were unaware that they were a man down in the closing stages.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Van Gaal said: “I must bring Michael Carrick off the pitch with an injury which was a bit stupid from me as some players didn’t know we only had 10 men. That was not so smart!”

City took the lead in the eighth minute at Old Trafford thanks to Sergio Aguero’s opener, however United fought back and Ashley Young levelled in the 14th minute.

United then took the lead when Marouane Fellaini scored in the 27th minute, before goals from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling added gloss to the scoreline.

Aguero pulled a goal back with his 100th strike for Manchester City but United triumphed to move to within one point of second-placed Arsenal.

“We started very badly,” Van Gaal continued. “It was not Manchester United, we were very nervous. I don’t know why. We had no pressure on the ball. I don’t know why.

“But when we scored the goal, from that moment we had more confidence. The second half was much better.”

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