During his short time as Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has openly criticised individual players, mocked the club’s official Twitter feed and talked down any journalist who would dare confront him.
He is a man not to be crossed, that is for sure. So spare a though for the poor soul who made an announcement over the PA system at the club’s training ground as Van Gaal gave his press conference on Friday afternoon.
While Van Gaal was addressing reporters at Carrington, as is the weekly tradition, the Manchester United manager was interrupted as a call went out for a masseur to report to the first-team dressing room.
Van Gaal first asked his press officer if the request was an ‘emergency’, before wondering if it was in fact a joke. When he was informed that it was a genuine call, Van Gaal appeared less than impressed by the disturbance.
It remains to be seen what action Van Gaal will look to take against the guilty party, if any at all, although he will perhaps act in a less severe manner than he might have done only a few weeks ago.
At the start of November, Van Gaal had presided only three wins as Manchester United boss as his side limped to a worse start than they had endured under the management of David Moyes.
But since a narrow defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, during which there was some encouragement, Manchester United have embarked on a six-game winning run to propel themselves into the Premier League’s top three positions.
Another victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon could move them within just two points of their rivals, and five points behind leaders Chelsea who do not meet Stoke City until Monday night.
A win in Manchester United’s last game over Liverpool led to claims they are back in the race for the league title, while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes any side within 10 points of the summit are among the contenders.