Football: Trying out for the Oscars? Van Gaal delights fans with touchline tumble

Louis Van Gaal performs a hilarious flop to protest a referee's judgement.
Louis Van Gaal performs a hilarious flop to protest a referee's judgement. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made a late bid for Oscar recognition with a comical touchline tumble during his side's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

Protesting against what he felt was a dive by an Arsenal player, the Dutchman marched up to fourth official Mike Dean on the Old Trafford touchline and to illustrate his point he fell flat on his back.

His actions drew roars from the home fans, whose side went on to win 3-2, and footage of the incident quickly went viral on social media.

However, Van Gaal later said his emotions had got the better of him and that he had apologised to the officials concerned.

"That was too emotional - it is not good for the referee and the linesman and the fourth official," Van Gaal said afterwards.

"It doesn't happen much normally - I have had a lot of criticism because I am sitting on my bench and now I am off my bench and I have lot of criticism because I'm doing that.

"I have apologised to the referee and the linesman and I hope everything is solved. I have to control my emotions and I have said that also to my players."

Van Gaal, 64, has been under serious pressure for several months at United, but Sunday's victory was the club's third successive win in all competitions and dealt a painful blow to Arsenal's title hopes.