Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has explained why he left Marouane Fellaini out of his team for the 1-0 win against Club America.
The Belgian ace watched on as new signing Morgan Schneiderlin netted the only goal on his debut for the club as the Red Devils got their pre-season tour of North America up and running.
Fellaini will miss the first three games of the upcoming Premier League season through suspension and Van Gaal says he wanted to look at alternative options in his absence.
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The Red Devils have added both Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger in the summer window, both of whom featured in the game yesterday. They will compete for first team spots against the likes of Fellaini, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick.
“Fellaini is suspended for the first three matches and he has longer to be ready, so I have to look at other players,” Van Gaal explained to reporters after the game.
The Belgian international fought his way into the first team at Old Trafford after being written off following his big-money move from Everton in 2013, and managed six goals in the league.
However the big-money arrivals mean Fellaini is unlikely to have the same amount of game-time next time round, and Van Gaal warned him he faces a major fight next season. The Dutchman also singled out Schneiderlin for praise after his all-action performance, and backed the former Southampton ace to find the back of the net more regularly when the serious action starts.
“He scored with Southampton, I believe five goals, so it is not a coincidence but we have practised this with him, so I was very pleased with the performance.”
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