Van Gaal critical of 'not so smart' Manchester United star Van Persie

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal was unimpressed with Robin van Persie picking up a late booking.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal criticised Robin van Persie for picking up a needless late booking.

The striker was cautioned for taking his shirt off while celebrating his late equaliser, caught up in the moment after netting the dramatic goal.

While the rule is seen as a needless one, it's one players are clearly aware of, and Van Gaal believes his former international captain should know better.

Van Persie now has three yellow cards in the Premier League this season, more than any player in the United side.

  TeamPosYellow CardAppsMins
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 3 8 676
Tyler Blackett Man Utd DF 2 6 462
Daley Blind Man Utd MF 2 6 540
Ashley Young Man Utd MF 2 4 284

Another two yellow cards for Van Persie would see him suspended for a match, a problem Van Gaal would rather not have to worry about.

Successive cards against Manchester City and Crystal Palace would see the striker become unavailable for the game against his former side Arsenal.

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