Louis van Gaal dive: Manchester United boss 'falls over' in front of Mike Dean during win against Arsenal

The Dutchman was up to his old tricks again at Old Trafford

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Louis van Gaal made a name for himself with his touchline antics during his early days in management and, in the heat of Sunday’s win over Arsenal, decided to return to his old tricks.

The Manchester United manager vehemently disagreed with a refereeing decision late in the second half and subsequently protested with fourth official Mike Dean.

Dean, not one to be swayed by the rants and raves of an enraged coach on the touchline, was unmoved, so the Dutchman decided to enact a reconstruction.

Van Gaal, bizarrely, threw himself on the floor in the manner of a diving player, lay on his back and continued to glare at Dean, which drew roars of laughter from the Old Trafford crowd.

It will go down as one of the season’s most peculiar moments. Indeed, we may never really know what Van Gaal was trying to achieve.

Twitter users watching the incident on television tried to figure it out…

Here’s the best social media reaction

He may not have been the most popular figure at Old Trafford in recent weeks but Van Gaal's antics, and the three points, will have won a few fans round.