Twitter reacts to Paddy McNair's brutal substitution at Southampton

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Manchester United got a 'lucky' 2-1 victory against Southampton on Monday night, thanks to a brace from Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman was really the only United player who played anywhere close to his best form at St Mary's Stadium, as it was a night of poor performances across the board despite the positive result.

Somewhat unfortunately though, it was young defender Paddy McNair who caught a sizeable chunk of the flak after he was hooked by Louis van Gaal before the half-time interval.

Being subbed before the break is never nice, especially for a young player looking to break into the first-team, but as Van Gaal explained after the game, McNair had 'no confidence and had given away three chances [to the opposition].'

Van Gaal reacted swiftly, replacing McNair with Ander Herrera as he shuffled his pack and dropped Michael Carrick back into the defence.

On Twitter, the reaction was a mixture of merciless ribbing and sympathetic words of encouragement for McNair - who has not been on the losing side for United in Premier League so far.

Here are some of the tweets from during the game last night…

What are your thoughts on the young defender's performance? Was it too harsh or was Van Gaal right to hook him before the interval? 

And were the Manchester United manager's words after the game helpful or hurtful to the youngster's long-term development?

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