Louis van Gaal to fight FA charge

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The Football Association has confirmed that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied his misconduct charge following the club's 0-0 draw against Cambridge United in the FA Cup last month.

The United boss hammered referee Chris Foy in the wake of the surprising draw against the League Two club, and the FA claim his words 'allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute.'

Van Gaal was charged last week after he said: "We knew in advance everything would be against us - but you have to survive.

"And then you have seen the referee - it's always the same. Everywhere I have coached these games, and I have coached them with other clubs, it's always the same.

"What was wrong with the referee? You can give your own opinion, I can't give mine."

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The Manchester United manager asked for more time to put together his response to the charge, and the FA have now revealed through their Twitter account that Van Gaal has indeed contested the allegation.

The dossier

Van Gaal seems to have been rattled in recent weeks after a number of below-par displays.

What was wrong with the referee? You can give your own opinion, I can't give mine - Louis van Gaal

Daley Blind rescued a point against West Ham at the weekend, and after the game Van Gaal was stung by Sam Allardyce's 'long ball' criticism of the Old Trafford club.

The Dutchman went as far as to produce a 'dossier' in his press conference today detailing statistics that prove West Ham in fact played more long balls than his Manchester United.

It brought back memories of Rafa Benitez's infamous rant about 'facts', and for the first time betrayed Van Gaal's uneasiness with how things are progressing in his first season as David Moyes's successor.

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