Louis van Gaal is making a habit of getting the names of his own players wrong, having called Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia Anthony earlier today.
The Manchester United boss started a running joke at the beginning of the campaign concerning defender Chris Smalling, whom all now refer to as ‘Mike’.
It would appear though that the Dutchman’s gaffe wasn’t a one-time thing. On the contrary, Valencia might now have to prepare to get some stick from fans and fellow players.
Speaking in his programme notes ahead of United’s showdown with an in-form West Brom side this weekend, Van Gaal talked fans though ‘Anthony Valencia’ injury - on this occasion it’s close, but no cigar.
"As always we have studied the opposition and will look to attack their weaknesses. We will do so without Matteo Darmian, due to suspension, and Anthony Martial, who continues his recovery from injury," Van Gaal wrote.
Naturally, changing Antonio to Anthony isn’t half as bad as getting Mike from Chris, but all the same it makes for a fairly comical glitch that Van Gaal is apparently unable to avoid.
Strange indeed for a man known for his discipline and unerring attention to detail - perhaps ‘Anthony’ is simply a nickname for Valencia. One that nobody but Van Gaal uses.
Fans seemed to quite like the error:
The name game
In all fairness to the man, he’s got bigger fish to fry than constantly worrying about things as trivial as names.
For a start, he’s got to try and work out how to get the best out of Walter Rooney whilst continuing to help the career of the burgeoning Andrew Martial.
That’s without even taking into consideration the fact that Jamie Mourinho wants to steal his job. Don’t worry, we don’t believe those rumours either.
United fans, how are you finding life under Van Gaal? Let us know if you think he’s the right man for the job in the comments box below.
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