And the Oscar goes to: Louis van Gaal delights fans with touchline tumble, becomes a meme

Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester United manager Louis vanGaal made a late bid for Oscar recognition with a comical touchline tumble during his side's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gall went for the theatrical against Arsenal. Getty

Manchester United boss Louis van Gall went for the theatrical against Arsenal. Getty

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, VanGaal 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," VanGaal 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."

VanGaal, 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.

Here's how the internet exploded after van Gall's fall

 

AFP