Louis van Gaal appears to have a problem remembering his players' names. Well, that's if you are Chris Smalling.
The Manchester United manager infamously called his centre-back 'Mike' Smalling during their pre-season tour of the United States.
And following the Red Devils' 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night - where the defender made an incredible goal-line clearance - Van Gaal again referred to Smalling by another name. Watch the video below.
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In his post-match press conference, Van Gaal said: “David de Gea saved us and after that Michael Smalling has saved us.” We'll let you decide whether it was intentional or not.
The Dutchman's latest slip of the tongue will only prove to reinforce Smalling's nickname that has stuck with fans since that day in San Jose.
Speaking after United's 0-0 draw with Manchester City, the England international, as per the Mail, said: “The players don’t call me Mike, but a lot of the fans do.
“Even if you go to Russia or wherever, it’s ‘Mike! Mike! Mike! It’s going to stick with me forever, that one.”
And a quick glance on social media shows just how popular the nickname has become with fans of the Manchester giants.
Smalling has been in fine form for United this season and has cemented his position as one of the leading defenders in the Premier League.
The Red Devils have struggled to score goals recently but have now conceded just one in their previous six games, and the 25-year-old has played every minute.
It seems United finally have a player capable of filling the void left by Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
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