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Van Gaal: “Payet more or less dived”


Manchester-United-v-West-Ham-FA-CupLouis Van Gaal has accused Dimitri Payet of diving just before scoring the opener for West Ham on Sunday. The Frenchman had already been booked when it went down after making contact with Marcos Rojo in the box, only for Martin Atkinson to deem the contact not worth of a penalty.

However, given that Payet was already on a yellow card, some suggested he should have received a second yellow. Minutes later, the Frenchman netted a fantastic free-kick to give West Ham a 1-0 lead, before Anthony Martial rescued United with seven minutes to go.

“Payet was more or less diving. He was maybe touched, but not enough to fall like that,” said Van Gaal.

“But there are always discussions about the decisions of the referee.”

Slaven Bilic, however, had a different view of the incident.

“For me, it should have been a penalty on Dimitri,” said the West Ham manager.

“A dive? Come on. If you have a screen I am going to show you and defend my point at Cambridge [Union].

“You can clearly see there is contact. So it’s definitely not a dive, 100 per cent not a dive.



  1. Julian

    14 March 2016 at 13:35

    It was quite probably a dive and Payet was fortunate to stay on. However, Schweinsteiger blocked their keeper in the lead up to Martial’s goal. They might have had a penalty and United could have had one. Not great refereeing by Atkinson and not for the first time either. However, a draw was a very fair result and neither of the Uniteds should have any complaints.

    They’ll join battle again once the Europa tie is decided (actually, they might as well go ahead and set a date now!). It will be a very tough game for the away side and, with MU’s current away form, it’s difficult to be even remotely confident about the outcome.

  2. colver

    14 March 2016 at 15:04

    It was pretty much a standard Van Gaal performance enjoying the lion’s share of the possession without creating very much. It will be rinse and repeat in the replay except of course we’ll no longer have home advantage and you’d expect West Ham to give our defence a harder time.

    The biggest positive for me was seeing Schweisteneger back. He brings some much needed leadership to this team and helps us to control the game. It is telling for me that we’ve struggled for consistency ever since he got injured.

    Also hopefully he will replace Fellaini in central midfield. For a man who seems to love possession I do not know why Van Gaal persists with Fellaini in central midfield. He gives the ball away more than anyone.

    • Julian

      15 March 2016 at 15:37

      @colver: Nuisance factor!

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