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Van Gaal says he's no clown after theatrics

By Stuart McKinley

Louis van Gaal insists that his clowning around is over and he will keep his emotions in check from now on. The Manchester United manager came in for some heavy criticism after a theatrical fall on the touchline during Sunday's win over Arsenal, in protest over an alleged dive by Alexis Sanchez.

"I am not a clown, I am Louis van Gaal," said the Dutchman ahead of tonight's Premier League clash at home to Watford.

"It is not normally part of my philosophy. I have done this before in the Champions League final in 1995. I was jumping because a defender put his foot high against Jari Litmanen and in my opinion it was a foul. That was my way of saying it, but it (Sunday) was too emotional. I have to control my emotions."

In last night's action, leaders Leicester drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion, meaning Tottenham will go top if they beat West Ham tonight.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis didn't reveal any further details on Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt's knee injury and there are still fears that he could be ruled out of Euro 2016.

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