No Van Gaal dives planned by Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray

Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray. Picture by Dan Westwell
Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray. Picture by Dan Westwell

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is a big fan of Louis Van Gaal – but in light of his recent touchline ban Murray said he won’t be throwing himself to the ground to make a point like the Manchester United boss did last weekend.

Van Gaal was trying to illustrate he believed Alexis Sanchez had dived during during Sunday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford, so threw himself to the ground in front of fourth official Mike Dean.

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Van Gaal later admitted he had gone too far and said he had apoligised to the officials concerned.

However, Murray said: “Van Gaal jumping on the floor was brilliant. I’m having him, me. I think his record speaks for itself.

“He has taken some unfair criticism. I think the press like to jump on incidents like this. It’s let’s get on him, let’s cane him. There’s no real reason for it.

“I think he is implementing a style in the way they are playing, he’s bringing the kids through, and I think as a character he is top drawer.

“You don’t know what you’re going to get with him. He looks like a crazy eagle – but I like him.”

However, Murray won’t be throwing himself to the floor any time soon.

“No, I’d probably end up banned for about six months or so. I am staying away from officials,” he said.