- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - With eight goals in the last two games, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United is finally starting to provide some entertainment at Old Trafford.

So is the Dutchman himself.

In a moment that drew laughter around the iconic stadium, 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.”


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