Louis van Gaal denies misconduct charge
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied a charge of misconduct in relation to media comments and requested a personal hearing on a date to be confirmed.
The Dutchman said following United's surprise fourth-round goalless draw at Cambridge last month that "every aspect of the match" had been "against" his team, including the referee Chris Foy.
The Football Association charged Van Gaal last week, saying that the veteran boss' words "allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute".
Van Gaal said he would contest the charge so the FA's announcement on Tuesday comes as no surprise.
"Louis Van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge in relation to media comments and requests personal hearing, date to be confirmed," said the FA on Twitter.
"The Man Utd manager was charged following The FA Cup tie against Cambridge United on 23 Jan 2015. It is alleged his comments constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute."
Having seen the Barclays Premier League giants held by their Sky Bet League Two hosts in the initial encounter between them on January 23, Van Gaal said: ''Every aspect of the match is against us - the pitch, the referee, everything that you can think about is against you.''
He later repeated ''every aspect of a match is against us'', adding: ''You have seen the referee. It's always the same.
''Everywhere I have coached these games - and I have coached them also with other clubs - it's always the same.''
United won the replay 3-0 at Old Trafford.