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The Theatre of Memes: Manchester United boss’ bizarre ‘dive’ an internet hit

Louis van Gaal threw himself to the ground mimicking Alexis Sanchez

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 9:35am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 3:22pm

With eight goals in the last two games, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are finally starting to provide some entertainment at Old Trafford.

So is the Dutchman himself.

In a moment that drew laughter around the iconic stadium – and Photoshops on social media – Van Gaal fell to the ground on purpose while remonstrating with fourth official Mike Dean in the technical area during the second half of United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

 

 

Lying on the ground and still holding his clipboard in his left hand, Van Gaal stared at Dean in mock horror.

Van Gaal appeared to be unhappy at Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez falling easily to earn a foul, moments earlier.

“That was too emotional ... it is not good for the referee, the linesman, the fourth referee,” Van Gaal said of his antics. “It happens not too much. Normally I am sitting on my bench and I have a lot of criticism because I am sitting on my bench.”

Van Gaal said he apologized to the officials for his actions.

“I have to control my emotions,” Van Gaal said, adding: “I cannot do that. It is not good for the authority of the referee.”

Van Gaal has a history for touchline antics. In the 1995 Champions League final when in charge of Ajax against AC Milan, he performed a karate kick on the touchline to highlight the referee’s failure to award a foul for a high tackle on Jari Litmanen

On Sunday, United fans cheered Van Gaal back to his seat after the touchline incident. That made a change for the Dutchman, whose popularity has sunk in recent months because of United’s poor run of form.

“Great,” Van Gaal said when informed about the reaction of fans, “but the fans are not always wise.”