Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Smalling

November 03, 2014
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal branded Chris Smalling as 'stupid' in the wake of his side's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

The former Fulham defender saw red before half time to leave United with a mountain to climb and they eventually slumped to defeat when Sergio Aguero grabbed City's winner.

Smalling was booked for impeding Joe Hart as the City goalkeeper tried to kick the ball out before picking up a second yellow card in the 39th minute for a foul on James Milner.

Van Gaal had no sympathy for Smalling after the match, saying: "The sending off is not one of those things. As a player you have to control your aggression.

"I didn't see the first yellow but the second you know as a player you have a yellow, so you have to handle it differently.

"I said that to the players. In the derby you have to be careful. The second yellow card was stupid."

The defeat leaves United ninth in the Premier League table, 13 points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea, and they are currently available at 5/6 to finish in the top four this season.

It is United's worst start to a league season since 1986 but van Gaal insists the game against Manchester City and the recent 1-1 draw with Chelsea shows that his side can compete with the best.

He added: "They are the two best clubs in this league and the difference is zero I think. When you see what we did with 10 against 11 you can be proud as a coach."

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