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WATCH - Van Gaal forgets Chris Smalling's name again

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
"Mike" Smalling and Van Gaal
"Mike" Smalling and Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal seems determined to rename his defender Chris Smalling after again calling him Michael in his post match press conference following the 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow.

Van Gaal introduced Smalling as "Mike" during United's summer tour, in a mistake that sparked a huge reaction on social media.

Smalling as spent the last few weeks joking with United fans who shout the name Mike at him wherever he goes as he stated:

"The players don't call me Mike, but a lot of the fans do,'' he Smalling after United's 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month.

''Even if you go to Russia or wherever, it's 'Mike! Mike! Mike!' It's going to stick with me forever, that one.''

Now that scenario is likely to be repeated all over again as remarkably, Van Gaal repeated his error on Tuesday night.

Maybe it would be better from now on if we all call him Mike Smalling, to save any future confusion for Mr Van Gaal.