Louis van Gaal scolds journalist during press conference over Wayne Rooney questioning

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Manchester United finally put on a show on the pitch last night as they fought their way to a 3-3 draw against lowly Newcastle - and boss Louis van Gaal was keen to keep up the entertainment after the final whistle.

The Dutchman has been heavily criticised this season for his team's less-than-impressive performances, which have seen them slip out of the top four. Some reports suggested that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach was close to losing his job after overseeing the worst run of results in December in the club's history.

However he appears safe for now after picking up a vital win over Swansea, and the Red Devils' three goals against Newcastle seem to show he's taken the criticism on board and has instructed his side to attack more.

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However that has come at a defensive cost after they shipped three goals against Steve McLaren's side last night. 

Still, there's plenty for Van Gaal to be optimistic about, right? After all, his job is safe (for now), Wayne Rooney got back to scoring ways with a stunning strike, and his team are in contention for a top four spot still. 

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So what's eating away at Van Gaal? The pesky media, of course. Having walked out of one press conference earlier on this season he was at it again after Newcastle, when one reported asked him about Rooney. 

The England record goalscorer has also been criticised this term for his lack of, well, goals, and Van Gaal has often had to defend him, and his choice to hand the former Everton man the captain's armband.

It seems as though it was a case of one question too many last night as Van Gaal reacted angrily and stormed off while Manchester United's press officer called a hasty end to proceedings, before he turned around and aimed a barb at one seemingly overweight hack.

"We don’t speak any more about Rooney. You have criticised him. I don’t. You! You too, fat man there!" he said. Ouch. You can watch the video below.

Next up for Manchester United is a trip to Anfield to take on arch rivals Liverpool, where presumably there will be one journalist with hurt feelings watching on as well.

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