Man United boss Louis van Gaal apologises for diving


Louis van Gaal lost his head – and his feet – as Manchester United all but ended Arsenal’s title dream at Old Trafford.

The United manager theatrically threw himself to the ground in front of the fourth official, mocking what he thought was ­diving by ­Arsenal players during his side’s crucial 3-2 win.

But on Sunday he apologised admitting: “That was too emotional and it’s not good for the referee, the linesman or the fourth official.

“Normally I’m sitting on my bench and I have a lot of criticism because I’m sitting there. I have apologised to the referee and the linesman. I have to control my emotions.”

Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford continued his heroics with his another two-goal haul to boost United’s top four hopes and keep Arsenal five points behind leaders Leicester.

Shaun Botterill/GettyLouis van Gaal makes a point to the fourth official with Arsene Wenger
One: Van Gaal makes a point to the fourth official with Arsene Wenger
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Two: Van Gaal replicates Alexis Sanchez’s ‘dive’

The young striker said: “It was my first game in the Premier League and it’s been amazing.

“It was a shock to be playing in midweek, because Anthony Martial was meant to be starting, but that benefited me because I didn’t think about the game too much.

“It’s just been crazy. I can’t explain it when you’re out there, the rush of blood, everything.”

United boss Van Gaal reserved special praise for Rashford, 18, who followed up his brace on his debut in the Europa League in midweek with two more goals on his first Premier League outing.

Van Gaal said: “I could imagine the first game he did that, because he’s a striker coming in to score goals and the first match is always good.

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AFP/GettyMarcus Rashford scores his and Manchester United's second goal past a diving Petr Cech
Hero: Marcus Rashford scores his and Man United’s second goal past a diving Petr Cech
Laurence Griffiths/GettyMarcus Rashford celebrates scoring his opening goal
Joy: Rashford celebrates scoring his opening goal

“The second match he has to do what the manager is willing him to do, and he did it fantastically. His ­performance was better than the first match.”

Arsene Wenger warned his Arsenal side they are in danger of blowing the title yet again after defeat at Old ­Trafford.

The Gunners host Swansea on Wednesday, with Wenger insisting nothing less than victory will do if they are to have any chance of landing a first Premier League crown since 2004.

“We dropped three important points and we have to show we can fight and bounce back on Wednesday night and not feel sorry for ourselves,” said Wenger.

“We weren’t dangerous enough. We struggled to be dangerous because United defended very well.”

Asked if Arsenal still had enough time to claw their way back into the title race, Wenger said: “Yes, of course. It’s still possible, but the answer will have to come quick and strong.”

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