Van Gaal charged by FA following Cambridge comments

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has been charged by the FA following media comments he made in the wake of Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.

It is alleged that the Dutchman’s comments allege imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute.

Following the result last month, Van Gaal was critical of referee Chris Foy, saying that “every aspect of the match is against us.”

Speaking about Foy, Van Gaal said: “We know in advance everything is against us.

“We have to come here, the pitch is not so good but that can influence also that you play in another style and the opponents are also giving a lot more than normally and defending is always easier than attacking.

“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.”

Van Gaal joined Man United last summer with a reputation for a fiery temper but fans have not seen that side of the 63-year-old too often during his time at the club.

It was a disappointing result at Abbey Stadium and the comments clearly show that the experienced manager was irritated following the match.

Man United fans are no strangers to seeing their manager criticise referees, as Sir Alex Ferguson regularly denounced officials during his long reign at the club.

The Red Devils eventually beat Cambridge 3-0 in a replay at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Van Gaal has until 6pm on Monday 9 February 2015 to respond to the charge.

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