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FA charge Van Gaal with being excessively mardy

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The Brassed-Off Tulip.

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The wheels of FA justice grind very, very slow. Way back in the mists of time, Manchester United drew 0-0 with Cambridge United and Louis van Gaal, clearly unhappy with the performance, sort of went off on one in the subsequent press conference. Anyway, the FA have only just got around to the Satuday before last's papers, and have charged United's manager with being a naughty boy.

Here are the offending remarks:

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.

And here is what the FA, in their trademark liquid prose, have said:

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.

If found guilty, the FA could impose a fine, a touchline ban, or in the event the charge is deemed exceptionally serious, force Van Gaal to pick Ander Herrera.