Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has slammed West Ham United star Dimitri Payet for diving during their 1-1 FA Cup game at Old Trafford on Sunday, according to reports from the Mirror.
Van Gaal believed that Payet should have been given a second yellow card for going down in the box during the second half, as the Frenchman went on to score a brilliant 35-yard free kick to give the Hammers the lead.
Anthony Martial levelled the game for the Red Devils in the 84th minute to force the game to a replay, but LVG was fuming that Payet was still on the pitch by the end of the fixture.
Van Gaal said: “Payet was more or less diving. He was maybe touched, but not enough to fall like that.
“But there are always discussions about the decisions of the referee.”
However, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic dismissed Van Gaal’s view of the incident, claiming that Payet was definitely fouled and that United’s second goal should have been disallowed due to Bastian Schweinsteiger colliding goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Martial’s equalizer.
“For me, it should have been a penalty on Dimitri,” said Bilic.
“A dive? Come on. If you have a screen I am going to show you and defend my point at Cambridge [Union].
“You can clearly see there is contact. So it’s definitely not a dive, 100 per cent not a dive.
“If you’re sliding in your own box from behind, then you’re taking a risk. It wasn’t nasty, it was mistimed, nowhere near the ball.
“And it was an obvious foul from Schweinsteiger on Randloph, because if he didn’t, then he would have got to the ball.”
Man United face Liverpool in the second leg of their Europa League encounter at home on Thursday.