Louis van Gaal let it be known that he was not happy with the current rumours circulating around Manchester United and was not willing to discuss the future of Ander Herrera.
The Old Trafford boss has a reputation for making like hard for reporters, but was particularly unhappy with one in his latest press conference. The reporter wondered why Herrera was not making it into his squad; a reasonable question by anyone's measure.
The Spanish midfielder joined from Athetlic Bilbao in the summer for a reported £28.4 million in the summer. He signed before Van Gaal officially took charge, although it is believed the Dutchman signed off on the deal.
However, Herrera has not started a Premier League game since their 2-0 win against Stoke City on December 2 leading to rumours that Van Gaal is not convinced.
That has led to suggestions that Herrera could be forced out of Old Trafford sooner rather than later, but Van Gaal shrugged off those suggestions.
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"Three weeks ago it was [Radamel] Falcao," the Dutchman said. "Next week it will be about another player who is not playing. It is unbelievable.
"I can only line up 11 players.
"It is not so interesting that you talk about the pounds [fee paid].
"Paddy McNair is also important and he cost nothing, so I do not agree. I am not discussing this [Herrera's omission] with you."
That will do little to stop the rumour mill spinning, however. Marouane Fellaini appears to be Van Gaal's firm favourite for the deep lying midfield position while Kevin Strootman is expected to sign from AS Roma in the summer.
Such a signing would leave Herrera further away from first team action and will likely see him return to La Liga. Bilbao would gladly take the player back but would look to do so for a much smaller fee than they sold him for.