Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has responded with frustration to speculation about José Mourinho potentially replacing him at Old Trafford. Many sources have claimed that the former Chelsea boss is set to take over at United in the summer.
When asked about his future 64-year-old van Gaal accused the media of “inventing” the story and said that there was no need for United to issue any sort of denial. The Dutchman’s contract expires at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea, van Gaal was involved in a slightly hostile exchange with a reporter in his post-match news conference. He questioned whether the reporter had spoken to either the club’s chief executive Ed Woodward, or the club’s owners in the form of the Glazer family, to find out what exactly is going on behind the scenes.
In an air of anger van Gaal told the media that instead of writing stories about his future they should be praising his team for their recent performances. The former Ajax and Barcelona manager also added “For the third game in succession, our football was sparkling. So I hope to get the support of the media this week. But you write what you like”.
Louis van Gaal also reminded his interviewers of Sir Alex Ferguson’s three years without a trophy at the start of his United reign, whilst insinuating that things will improve under his control. He stated, “Maybe you remember the difficult first years of Fergie. You have to study… study statistics”.
This isn’t the first time that van Gaal has clashed with the media, last month he claimed that journalists had “sacked” him three times already this season.
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