Manchester United new signing German international Bastian Schweinsteiger had a game he would like to forget after coming on as a second half substitute in a pre-season match against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Avaya Stadium in California.
The former Bayern Munich man took the brunt of LGV’s criticism despite the Red Devils winning 3-1 in a match in which Dutch winger Memphis Depay scored his first goal for the club.
The 30-year-old World Cup winner was one of ten substitutions LVG made in the match, and of the players to come on only one, Andreas Pereira managed to impress the 63-year-old manager.
‘He [Schweinsteiger] was also bad. There was one highlight I think and that was Pereira,’ Van Gaal said.
‘Players can play bad and certainly when you have only three days or six days training sessions in your legs and you have to play 45 minutes.
‘Everybody can say that it’s easy to step in but it is not easy. I think the first match he played very well, and now he played bad. But that is also a process and certainly when you only have one week of training.
‘In the second half, I think we played very badly, a lot of ball losses, unnecessary,’ he added.
Manchester united now will play their two remaining pre-season games against Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Carrington as they prepare for the upcoming season.