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Is the sentiment positive or negative towards Louis van Gaal based on the article:

Article: Louis van Gaal said he had no option but to substitute Paddy McNair in the first half against Southampton because the defender's 'confidence' was shot - but believes that it will benefit the youngster in the long run. The 19-year-old was hooked by Van Gaal after only 39 minutes at St Mary's Stadium on Monday night during Manchester United's 2-1 victory over the Saints. McNair was struggling to contain Southampton strikers Shane Long and Graziano Pelle, forcing Van Gaal into replacing him prematurely. Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Van Gaal explained: 'He (McNair) hadn't any confidence. He had already given three big chances away. 'I had to (substitute him), it's very disappointing for me and also for Paddy, but I had to because as a manager, I'm responsible to win. 'And I think, after the change, we played a little better.' But in spite of the fact United won the game, McNair was exposed time after time in defence and was substituted - even though Chris Smalling had already departed early with an injury. Jonny Evans came on to replace Smalling, before McNair made way for midfielder Ander Herrera as Michael Carrick dropped back in to the centre of defence in Van Gaal's 3-5-2 system. And, despite admitting it will be difficult for McNair to accept being replaced so early, Van Gaal insisted that it was a necessity which will serve the Northern Irishman well long term. Van Gaal continued: 'Of course, it's tough (for McNair), but it's also in his best interests.' The victory moved United up to third in the Premier League - their highest position since they claimed the title in 2012-13 under Sir Alex Ferguson.


The article presents a mixed sentiment towards Louis van Gaal.


  • He made a decision that ultimately led to a win: The article highlights that Van Gaal made the tough decision to substitute McNair, which ultimately helped United win the game.
  • He prioritizes winning: Van Gaal emphasizes his responsibility to win as a manager, which is seen as a positive trait.
  • He believes in long-term development: Van Gaal states that the substitution was in McNair's best interests for his long-term development, showing a focus on player growth.
  • He achieved a significant result: The article mentions that the victory moved United up to third in the Premier League, a positive achievement.


  • He substituted a young player early: The article points out that McNair was struggling and was substituted early, which could be seen as a lack of faith in the young player.
  • He made a controversial decision: The article mentions that McNair was exposed time after time in defense, suggesting that the substitution was perhaps premature.
  • He changed the formation mid-game: The article notes that Van Gaal changed the formation to 3-5-2, which could be seen as a sign of tactical instability.

Overall, the article presents a balanced view of Van Gaal's actions. While he made a decision that ultimately led to a win, there are also criticisms of his handling of the situation, particularly regarding the early substitution of a young player.

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