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Louis Van Gaal was not too thrilled with his celebration from Robin Van PersieReuters

Players are being forced to temper their celebrations more and more by the powers that be, with the goalscoring hero not allowed to take off his shirt, go into the crowd or do a number of other things, which, ironically, when you score a goal you will never tick off in your not-to-do list, such is the adrenaline that pumps through your body.

Robin Van Persie, after scoring the most dramatic of equalisers for Manchester United against league leaders Chelsea in "Fergie time" in the English Premier League on Sunday, took off his shirt in celebration, throwing it into the air, and, unfortunately, that was the cue for the referee, who must apparently go by the letter of the law, to book the striker.

While Louis Van Gaal was thankful for the 94th minute equaliser from his fellow Dutchman, he was not too amused by the celebration which led to Van Persie getting that yellow card, even if it was so late in the game.

"It was a stupid reaction after the goal," said the Manchester United manager. "I can see he was excited but after he was booked it was not so smart."

Van Persie admitted it was difficult for him to restrain his celebration after scoring so deep into the game.

"I know it's one of the rules that you have to keep your shirt on but sometimes you forget and everything comes together and the whole place explodes," he said. "It was one of those fantastic moments and the main thing is that we got something out of this game because we deserved it."

Van Gaal, though, could not temper his own delight at being able to come from the game against his former pupil Jose Mourinho with at least a point, a point which he thought was deserved since the home team did create more of the clear-cut chances.

"I said to the players after the game that we could have won, but that counts for nothing in sport," Van Gaal told MUTV. "We created a lot of chances, but we have to finish them. Chelsea took one at the start of the second half, and we were out of the game for 10 minutes. I'm very happy that we responded after that point.

"Once again, we turned a negative result into a positive one, like we did against West Brom [on Monday night]. I'm happy with the spirit of the team, that's the only benefit, because I feel that we could have won the game."

Van Gaal felt like "the best team in the league" Chelsea were there for the taking, especially in the first half, when Manchester United created plenty of chances in open play, chances which they just could not put away.

"Chelsea are currently the best team in the league, but there are many more games to be played," added the Dutchman. "We still have a chance, but I still think we missed a big opportunity to beat them today.

"I predicted it [that Chelsea might score] at halftime, because we gave corner kicks away too easily. I said during the break that Chelsea could only score against us from a setpiece, and I won't have to say that anymore because the prediction came true."

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