Louis Van Gaal admitted he would have brought goalkeeper Tim Krul on prior to the penalty shootout against Argentina if he had any substitutions left.
Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen in the final minutes of extra time in their quarter final clash against Costa Rica and saved two penalties to put the Dutch through.
But the incoming Manchester United manager had already used all three of his substitutions and Cillessen was unable to prevent Argentina progressing to the World Cup final after winning 4-2 in the shootout.
"If I had had the opportunity to substitute Jasper I would have done that but I had already used three substitutes so I couldn't," Van Gaal said.
The Dutchman admitted he was "hurt" at the exploits of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who he signed for AZ Alkmaar in 2007, adding: "I taught Romero how to stop penalties so that hurts."