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Van Gaal unhappy with ‘stupid’ RVP

Van Gaal unhappy with ‘stupid’ RVP
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Louis van Gaal labelled compatriot Robin van Persie ‘stupid’ after his celebrations in scoring a dramatic late equaliser for Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea saw the experienced Dutch striker getting booked. Van Gaal looked on course to fall to a defeat against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who worked under him for three years at Barcelona, until van Persie struck in the 94th minute at Old Trafford on Sunday.

But while van Gaal was obviously relieved to have secured what he felt was a deserved point, he was not so impressed with his star forward’s response in celebrating the dramatic goal. ‘You have seen a stupid reaction after the goal. You can be excited but you don’t have to pull your shirt off.

Then you have a yellow card, that is not so smart. But yes, we deserved a point. You know that, Jose Mourinho knows that also.  I said to the boys, it wasn’t our best performance and that’s a pity because in these moments you have to show yourself against the better teams,’ the veteran Dutch manager said of a result that left his side 10 points behind Chelsea.

Van Persie was one of nine players booked during the match, a surprisingly high figure given the non-violent nature of the contest, to go with Branislav Ivanovic’s red card, for a second yellow, after his foul on Angel di Maria led to the free-kick that presented van Persie with the chance to equalise.

‘We came to win and we showed that from the first minute. The performance is always fantastic, the result not so good, but acceptable,’ said Mourinho.
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