Louis van Gaal produced one of the funniest moments of the season against Arsenal on Sunday when he dived in front of Mike Dean while arguing with the fourth official.
The Manchester United manager left his bench to remonstrate with the match official and theatrically fell to the ground - clipboard still in hand - much to the amusement of the Old Trafford faithful.
After the match, United goalkeeper David de Gea confirmed that Van Gaal, who turns 65 in August, had avoided injury despite hitting the deck at speed. (Scroll down to see the Spaniard’s funny tweet).
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De Gea tweeted: “A united team overcomes all obstacles! ⚽️⚽️ Outstanding Old Trafford! And don't worry, our Mister is ok!😉”
Mister is the term Spanish-speaking players use to refer to their managers - much in the same way many British players use the word ‘gaffer’.
Van Gaal wins back some support
Van Gaal appeared to win back some fans following Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Gunners - not just because of his comical fall, but the way Manchester United performed.
This was an exciting match that captivated an Old Trafford crowd that had become sick and tired of watching tedious, negative football in this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
United have now produced three impressive performances on the bounce - albeit two of those wins came against League One’s Shrewsbury Town and Danish outfit FC Midtjylland - and the pressure on Van Gaal’s shoulders has been alleviated.
Van Gaal reveals why he dived
Explaining why he dived after the match, the veteran Dutch coach was quoted by ESPN as saying: "At that time, you are a little bit too emotional. It is not good for the referee, linesman, fourth official. But it happens not so much. Normally, I'm sitting on my bench and I have a lot of criticism for that.
"But now I am off my bench and I am getting a lot of criticism because I am doing that. But I have apologised to the referee and linesman and everything is solved I hope. I have to control my emotions. I say that also to the players."
Manchester United supporters enjoyed Van Gaal’s theatrics - they’ve been critical of him since he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014 because he rarely leaves his seat in the dugout - but the coach appeared to be a little embarrassed by his actions.
Told that the United faithful loved his fall, Van Gaal added: "The fans are not always right."
United close gap on Manchester City
Sunday’s victory over Arsenal means United close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester City to three points; however, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a game in hand over the Red Devils due to their participation in the Capital One Cup final.
City beat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
Will Manchester United go on to secure a top-four finish? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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