Louis van Gaal has had his say over the red card shown to Angel di Maria during Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter final at Old Trafford on Monday.
It was a moment of madness from the £60million summer signing - after, correctly, being booked for diving he then decided to grab referee Michael Oliver's shirt and earned himself a second yellow in 30 seconds.
Manchester United were already chasing the game at that point, so going down to ten men almost secured the defeat. It was a loss that ended any chance of silverware for the Red Devils, leaving them with only the chase for a Champions League place to concentrate on.
Van Gaal was asked about Di Maria's sending off after the game and he had little comfort for the Argentina international, claiming there could be "no excuses" for his actions and that Di Maria should know better, considering all the experience he has of top level football.
“In Spain he knows that he doesn’t touch the referee, but that is also in his emotion. I’ve already spoken with him, he knows my opinion but also I have to see on the video," he told reporters following the match.
“I think he’s touched the referee and that’s forbidden in every country, so he has no excuses. Di Maria knows that he doesn’t have to touch the referee, so that is not so smart of him. Every player knows that."
It was a brain melt of the highest degree by Di Maria and was an indicator of how seriously he is struggling at the moment. After the attempted burglary at his home, while he and his family were in, his poor form has been compounded.
Tragedy For Di Maria
What was most disappointing for the former Real Madrid attacker was that Monday night saw his best and most lively performance for a long time in a Manchester United shirt, capped off by his sensational cross to Wayne Rooney for the equaliser.
Van Gaal said there were no excuses for Di Maria's actions, which is correct, but there can also be no excuses for the Dutchman's role in the terrible form of Old Trafford's record signing.
He has failed to give him a consistent role in the side and the constant changes in duties have almost certainly contributed to his malaise. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has failed to get many of his players performing at their best and this defeat was very damaging.
Questions will now be asked if Van Gaal has what it takes anymore to get the best out of players at a top club. Pressure will also be put on him from Old Trafford officials to make sure of a top four Premier League finish, especially considering the amount of money they have spent.
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