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Manchester United's Louis van Gaal blames emotions for sideline fall

MANCHESTER -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal apologised to the officials and admitted he needs to control his emotions, after he theatrically dived to the ground to make a point to them during his side's 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

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Van Gaal flopped to the floor on the sideline at Old Trafford after a conversation with the fourth official Mike Dean, as the United manager appeared unhappy with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez going to ground too easily. 

Discussing the fall to the ground, the United manager said: "At that time, you are a little bit too emotional. It is not good for the referee, linesman, fourth official. But it happens not so much. Normally, I'm sitting on my bench and I have a lot of criticism for that.

"But now I am off my bench and I am getting a lot of criticism because I am doing that. But I have apologised to the referee and linesman and everything is solved I hope. I have to control my emotions. I say that also to the players."

When told that many of the supporters loved it, he joked: "The fans are not always right."

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.

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