Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has explained why he drafted Robin van Persie into his starting line-up against West Bromwich Albion for tonight’s Premier League clash.
The Netherlands international striker has replaced star summer signing Radamel Falcao, who is on the substitutes’ bench.
Van Persie and Falcao were on international duty with the Netherlands and Colombia respectively, but Van Gaal believes that the latter is jet-lagged.
Van Gaal explains striker selection: "RvP came back [from internationals] two days before Falcao, who was in South America. He had jetlag."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 20, 2014
Another change that Van Gaal has made to the United starting line-up is bring in Adnan Januzaj.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene last season, but this is his first start in the Premier League under the Dutchman.
Explaining the decision to start the Belgium international attacker, Van Gaal told Sky Sports: ‘Yes, of course (it’s a big opportunity for him tonight).
‘He can show himself but I gave him already a lot of minutes in the team as a substitute and now he is the (starting) line-up. That’s the big difference for him’.