Van Gaal charged by FA for comments after Man Utd cup draw

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made following the 0-0 FA Cup draw with Cambridge United on January 23, the Guardian is reporting.

The Dutchman, who saw his side defeat the League Two side 3-0 in the ensuing replay on Tuesday, has been accused of implying that the officials – led by referee Chris Foy – showed bias against the Red Devils, who were unable to find a breakthrough at the Abbey Stadium despite fielding a strong side and dominating the second half.

When asked about what aspects of Foy’s performance disappointed him, van Gaal refused to elaborate, but believed that everything on the night was against United. He said: “Every aspect of a match is against us. We have to come here, the pitch isn’t so good, that can influence that you can play in another style.

‘The opponents always give a lot more than they normally give and defending is always easier than attacking. 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.”

But the FA felt van Gaal took his comments too far, and have released a statement which reads: “Louis van Gaal has been charged by the FA for media comments he made after Manchester United’s FA Cup fourth round match against Cambridge United on Friday 23 January 2015. It is alleged that the Manchester United manager’s comments allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute. He has until 6pm on Monday 9 February 2015 to respond to the charge.”

United will face a trip to Preston North End in the fifth round of the FA Cup on February 16, after Premier League games against West Ham United and Burnley.

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