Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that his changes during the encounter against Southampton weakened his team and was responsible for their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils suffered their second defeat of the season at home courtesy a Charlie Austin header – a striker that made his debut on the night after completing a £4m move from Queens Park Rangers.
“I had a feeling they could score only from a set-play. They did not create other chances,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports after he and his team were booed from the field.
“Our defence in set-plays was weaker because I changed Fellaini and after that I had to change Darmian. Every change was a weakness in defence in set-plays
“I wanted to win this game also and that’s why I changed Borthwick-Jackson for Januzaj – he could have scored also.
“That is a risk you take. It was a poor game; we didn’t create so much and our opponent didn’t create so much. It was a 0-0 game but, at the end, we lost.”
Manchester United suffered their first defeat at home of the current campaign against Norwich City on Dec 19, 2015.