Man United manager Louis van Gaal tugged a reporter by the hair in a bizarre attempt to defend Marouane Fellaini’s clash with Robert Huth.

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal. Pic/PTI

Van Gaal was quizzed on the incident, which saw Fellaini escape punishment after elbowing Huth and opted to explain why the Belgian had reacted that way by getting physical with the reporter.

"It was a very difficult match for the referee — when you see what Huth is doing with Fellaini, is that not a penalty?" Van Gaal said. "When I grab your hair...Your hair is much shorter. Everyone who is grabbed by their hair would react."