Van Gaal slams ‘stupid’ Smalling


The centre-back was show his second yellow just before the break for a rash challenge on James Milner, having already been booked for challenging down a goal-kick.

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Van Gaal, who also saw defender Marcos Rojo limp off with a dislocated shoulder, pulled no punches after the match.

"In a derby you have to be careful; the second yellow card is a stupid yellow card," he told BBC Sport.

"The sending off is not one of those things. As a player you have to control your aggression.

"I didn't see the first yellow but with the second, you know you already have a yellow, so have to handle it differently. I said that to the players."

Van Gaal also dismissed claims that Marouane Fellaini spat at goalscorer Sergio Aguero. 

"I’ve heard it’s a question on social media, but also I’ve heard on TV he is shouting. And when you shout there is saliva."