Calling one of their own players the wrong name is embarrassing enough, but when they’re sitting right next to you when you do it and have to correct you in front of a room full of reporters, it becomes far, far worse. That’s what happened to Louis van Gaal, when he called Chris Smalling “Mike Smalling,” leaving Chris/Mike to correct him.
Van Gaal seems to be making a habit of changing the names of things since he arrived in England, though. Last season, he called QPR “Queen’s Park Raisins.”
He also called Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino “Pochettini.”
This might just be his way of reminding everyone that he’s the boss and will call things what he wants to call them.