Manchester United manager brands RVP “stupid” for taking off shirt
Robin van Persie removed shirt after scoring injury-time equaliser against Chelsea
October 27th, 2014
Manchester United produced their best performance of the season on Sunday, with the Red Devils creating several chances against league leaders Chelsea and a late equaliser ensured they didn’t finish empty-handed.
Robin van Persie smashed the ball home after Marouane Fellaini’s header had been parried by David de Gea, with the Dutchman celebrating wildly by removing his shirt as a full house at Old Trafford rose to their feet.
While Louis van Gaal was delighted that his team had got something from a hotly-contested match which had seen Branislav Ivanovic sent off in the dying seconds, the United manager was far from happy that his striker had earned a booking for the shirt removal.
Van Gaal said: “He did a stupid reaction after the goal. You can be excited but you don’t have to pull your shirt off because then you have a yellow card. It is not so smart.”
Van Gaal claimed that United deserved to win. “Yes, you know that. I think José Mourinho knows that also,” said the manager.
“I have said that to the boys. It was not our best performance and that is a pity because at this moment you have to show yourself against the better teams but in spite of that we have created a lot of chances – much more than Chelsea. They have created one chance in the first half and before the goal there was the [Eden] Hazard chance which David de Gea stopped fantastically.
“The corner kick [for Drogba’s goal] was a lack of communication and that is why they scored. That is always the difference in such games.”
Mourinho claimed that refereeing decisions hadn’t gone the way of Chelsea although it was hard to argue that the visitors deserved to take all three points from this match.