Shocking account of van Gaal sulking after FA Cup stalemate.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has come in for criticism for his behaviour after his side’s 0-0 draw away to Cambridge in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday, the Sun reports.
The Dutchman was highly critical of the pitch at the League 2 side and appeared to give no credit whatsoever to his opponents, who battled hard to earn a memorable result and a lucrative replay at Old Trafford.
In contrast, van Gaal’s assistant Ryan Giggs displayed the kind of professionalism, sportsmanship and class associated with the recently-retired midfielder, who went into the Cambridge dressing room afterwards to congratulate the players on their performances and to give them the chance to swap shirts, whilst also signing autographs for some academy players.
Van Gaal, however, focused purely on complaining about the referee, as well as the state of the pitch, and didn’t seem to impress his opposition manager Richard Money.
“I didn’t get a chance to chat to any of their staff afterwards,” he said.
“I know Ryan Giggs came into the coaching room with one or two members of staff and was very complimentary so that was nice.”
Responding to the claims about the pitch, he said: “We don’t have the money to spend on the pitch to make it as it is at Old Trafford or anywhere else.
“The groundsman did a fantastic job. Yes, it broke up a little bit but it’s the same for both teams.”
The sides will now play a replay at Old Trafford, where if one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history does occur, and United lose, Van Gaal will surely not be able to make the same excuses…
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