Louis van Gaal has admitted Marouane Fellaini only has himself to blame for being hit with a three-match ban for violent conduct – and has explained Manchester United’s decision not to appeal the decision.
Fellaini received the suspension, along with Leicester’s Robert Huth, after the pair clashed in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last Sunday.
Van Gaal said he was “disappointed” at Fellaini’s ban, given for elbowing Huth in reaction to the Leicester defender pulling his hair as the pair tussled on the pitch.
But Van Gaal conceded Fellaini, who began the season serving a three-match ban for stamping on Hull’s Paul McShane in the final game of the previous campaign, must learn to control himself.
The Manchester United boss said: “We didn’t appeal, because I said already that the reaction of Fellaini is like a human being and when the FA gives Huth a suspension of three matches, then they are admitting that it was a penalty, which I have also said after the match
“So for us it is very disappointing the referee has not seen that fact and I still believe that Fellaini makes a reaction like a human being, but he has to control himself better, that is true.
“But when you grab somebody by his hair, always this situation shall exist.”
Van Gaal on top-four hopes
United take on Norwich away on Saturday lunchtime, knowing only victory will do if they are to have any chance of catching local rivals Manchester City and snatching fourth spot.
Asked if United’s cause had been helped by City’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid, Van Gaal said: “The situation has not been changed by the defeat of Manchester City last night, I think. It’s the same situation.
“It’s dependable of the team, the way you recover and also in your head. We have done that ourselves, several times after a big defeat. That’s why I am proud of my players. But now we have to win three games in a row.”