Van Persie's goal celebration was 'stupid', says Van Gaal

The Dutch striker scored in the dying seconds of stoppage time on Sunday to rescue Manchester United a point against Chelsea but was booked for taking off his shirt

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that Robin van Persie’s goal celebration against Chelsea on Sunday was “stupid”.

The Dutch striker rescued a point for the Red Devils at the death at Old Trafford, cancelling out Didier Drogba’s opener with seconds left in stoppage time.

An elated Van Persie quickly removed his shirt in jubilation and was duly shown a yellow card by referee Phil Dowd, a needless caution which frustrated his boss.

“It was a stupid reaction after the goal,” Van Gaal told the press.

“I can see he was excited but after he was booked, it was not so smart.”

Van Persie’s goal was his third of the season for his club in his eighth game and brought the Red Devils up to 13 points, three behind fourth-placed West Ham.

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