Louis van Gaal looked a broken man as he prematurely ended what could be his final pre-match press conference as the manager of Manchester United ahead of his side’s Boxing Day fixture against Stoke City.
After demanding an apology from the media, Van Gaal wished the group of assembled journalists a Merry Christmas before walking off.
But the veteran Dutch coach is not the first Manchester United manager to storm out of a press conference. Sir Alex Ferguson did something similar, albeit with more anger in his face, back in December 2011. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Ferguson was asked by a journalist if standards were slipping in the Premier League with both Manchester United and Manchester City struggling in the Champions League after a 2-2 draw with Benfica at Old Trafford.
The fiery Scot looked bemused by the question and hit back by saying: “Are you serious? We’re not struggling.”
United were knocked out of the CL that season
Manchester United needed to avoid defeat in their final Champions League group stage match that season, away to FC Basel, but slumped to a 2-1 loss - a result which knocked Fergie’s men out of Europe’s premier club competition and left them in the Europa League knockout rounds instead.
United back in the Europa League
Manchester United find themselves in Europe’s second-tier competition again this season after finishing third in a group containing CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg.
United face Danish side FC Midtjylland in the Round of 32 in February but it seems very unlikely that Van Gaal will still be in charge of the Red Devils for that two-legged tie.
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