Thursday 21 September 2017

United boss Van Gaal faces sanction over referee comments

Louis van Gaal was angered by Chris Foy's performance during Manchester United drawn FA Cup tie with Cambridge United. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Louis van Gaal was angered by Chris Foy's performance during Manchester United drawn FA Cup tie with Cambridge United. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Mark Ogden

Louis van Gaal has been charged by the English FA for comments "alleging or implying bias" by referee Chris Foy following Manchester United's FA Cup fourth-round draw at Cambridge United.

Van Gaal, whose United team progressed to the fifth round with a 3-0 replay victory against the League Two club on Tuesday, was angered by Foy's performance during the first game.

"We know in advance everything is against us," Van Gaal said after the 0-0 draw. "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 always 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."

Should Van Gaal accept the charge, or be found guilty, he is likely to be fined or warned by the FA, rather than receive a touchline ban. David de Gea's agent, meanwhile, has said the player will stay in Manchester - for now at least.

"De Gea has one year left on his contract and I think that he will stay in Manchester," Jorge Mendes told the BBC. "The player will decide, but he's happy there, at the moment." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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