Would Van Gaal have brought on Krul if he could?

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, who will be in charge of Manchester United next season, explains why he could not bring on Tim Krul against Argentina.

Against Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, the Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal made the substitution of the tournament.

In injury time of the extra-time period at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, the 62-year-old brought on Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul in place of Jasper Cillessen.

And it worked, as the 26-year-old saved two penalties to guide the Dutch to the semi-finals.

The last-four tie between the Netherlands and Argentina in Sao Paulo on Wednesday also went to a penalty shootout, but this time 25-year-old Ajax keeper Cillessen remained in goal.

Cillessen had never saved a penalty in his professional career, and that record remained intact as Argentina scored four times in the shootout to register a 4-2 win on penalties and progress to the final.

So why didn’t Van Gaal once again bring on Krul in place of Cillessen? Because he had already used his three substitutions.

Bruno Martins Indi was replaced at half time by Daryl Janmaat, while Jordy Clasie came on for Nigel de Jong just past the hour mark.

The third and final change arrived six minutes into extra time when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, scorer of the winning penalty against Mexico in the last 16, replaced Robin van Persie.

Van Gaal made that change because he felt that 30-year-old Manchester United striker Van Persie ‘was on his last legs’ and ‘Huntelaar would make the goal’.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who will now take charge of the Red Devils, also admitted that he would have brought on Krul if he had the chance to.

‘If I could have substituted Jasper I would have done, but I’d already used three substitutes so couldn’t do that’, Goal.com quotes Van Gaal as saying.

Would Krul have saved the Argentina penalties if he were in goal during the shootout?

Answers on a postcard, please.

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