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“Dictator has started his tactics”, “Has some weird agenda” – Twitter fans slam Louis van Gaal’s decision to bench 23-year-old star ahead of Poland vs Netherlands

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal faces criticism for not starting Manchester United star
Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal faces criticism for not starting Manchester United star

Fans have criticized Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal for his decision to bench Manchester United left-back Tyrell Malacia against Poland today (September 22).

Van Gaal opted to field a back three of Nathan Ake, Virgil van Dijk and Jurrien Timber for their UEFA Nations League encounter. Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries start as the wing-backs for the game, with Malacia sitting on the bench.

The 23-year-old has been in fine form for Manchester United this season since joining from Feyenoord for £12.9 million, playing eight games.

OFFICIAL STARTING XI VS POLAND! 🇳🇱 https://t.co/XNGz0CjuYW

Fans were left frustrated with the Dutch coach's decision to start Blind ahead of Malacia.

Manchester United fans took to Twitter to state that the 23-year-old deserved to get a few minutes.

A few Netherlands fans are also concerned that their side are at a disadvantage due to the former United manager's decision to bench the starlet.

Check out the best reactions across Twitter to Van Gaal's decision to bench Malacia:

@TheEuropeanLad Malacia on the Bench!!! What a Joke. Van Gaal Out
@TheEuropeanLad Blind instead of Malacia, advantage Poland
@TheEuropeanLad No Malacia, this is why Van Gaal has some weird agenda against us. Not our fault we sacked him when all he did for our club was being in 0-0 draws
@TheEuropeanLad How is Blind better than Malacia?
@TheEuropeanLad how does Blind start over Malacia
@TheEuropeanLad Malacia has to be ahead of blind
@TheEuropeanLad Dictator has started his tactics atleast malacia won't be injured
@TheEuropeanLad Im so done with this man,what has Malacia got to do to get some minutes!!!!

Malacia has made five caps for Oranje in his young career. Blind, a former United full-back, meanwhile, is a more experienced campaigner who has made 92 appearances for the Dutch national team.


Louis van Gaal and Frenkie de Jong hail Robert Lewandowski ahead of Netherlands clash against Poland

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal
Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal

The Dutch backline will have the tough task of handling Polish marksman Robert Lewandowski as the two teams lock horns in the UEFA Nations League.

While talking to the press ahead of the game, Van Gaal labeled the Barcelona no. 9 as the best player in his position.

"I think Lewandowski is the best striker in the world." (h/t Barca Universal)

Frenkie de Jong, Lewandowski's Barcelona teammate, doubled down on his coach's claims as he showered his praise on the Polish striker.

“He is one of the best players in the world and he is an all-round striker. He is strong, he can hold the ball, his technical ability is really good, he makes a lot of runs and he scores a lot of goals.”

Despite the mutual respect, the Netherlands team will have to concentrate on the task of handling the threat Lewandowski possesses.

Lewandowski has scored 11 goals and provided two assists in eight matches so far in all competitions.

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Edited by Aditya Singh
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