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Byline: JOHN CROSS

LOUIS VAN GAAL launched a bizarre defence of Marouane Fellaini as the midfielder faces a potential FA rap.

Fellaini elbowed Leicester defender Robert Huth in a first-half bust-up which could land both players in trouble.

But Van Gaal claimed that Fellaini was only reacting after having his hair pulled - and that was only allowed in "sex masochism" and not on the pitch.

The Manchester United boss, who pulled Sky reporter Patrick Davison's hair to illustrate his point during the live TV interview, said: "When you see what Huth is doing to Fellaini, that's a penalty.

"Shall I grab you by your hair? What is your reaction when I grab your hair? (Pulls Davison's hair off camera). Your hair is shorter than Fellaini, but when I do that - what are you doing then? It's a reaction.

"Only with sex masochism, then it is allowed, but not in other situations. They did it. They did it several times I think.

"Huth was the guy who grabbed the hair of Fellaini. I think the reaction of Fellaini is like a human being. He is always like that."

Van Gaal claimed it was one of United's best displays of the season, but admitted it was a massive setback to their hopes of finishing in the top four.

The Dutchman added: "I said to my players that I have seen one of the best matches of the season of my line-up, but it was not enough.

"I said you have to win every game that we have to play so now already we are not closing the gap. It is dependent on City because Arsenal has won so that is a big gap for three matches.

"They only had a threat with set-plays. We did that very well I think, but in the third/fourth phase the last pass could be better. It is a pity.

"The start was unbelievably good, the first 25 minutes was fantastic to see, but then Leicester came more in the match. It is logical they are the future champion.

"They can play the ball, we have to work hard to regain it again. We did it. You see the last 10 minutes, they are very tired, we could have won it, but it is not like that."

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GAAL BLIMEY! The United boss pulls the hair of Sky man Davison

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2016
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