Louis van Gaal hit out at the media in his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon after it was reported the Manchester United manager had offered to resign following last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
The Guardian and other leading British newspapers reported that Van Gaal had been talked out of walking away from Old Trafford by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
However, on the eve of the Red Devils’ FA Cup fourth round clash against Derby County - a match which, according to reports, could seal his fate if United are beaten - Van Gaal rubbished the reports and hit out at those responsible for writing them.
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The BBC’s sports editor, Dan Roan, asked Van Gaal if the rumours about him offering his resignation last weekend were accurate.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach responded: “I think that I don’t have mentioned that ever. I think that you make your own stories - and then I have to answer your stories. I’m not doing that because I think it’s awful and horrible.”
Van Gaal concerned by rumours
Van Gaal also said - per the Press Association - that he is concerned that people are will believe the rumours in the press.
Van Gaal: It's the third time I've been sacked
And he was agitated that the media continue to repeat stories about his future.
“It’s not the third time that I have been sacked, and I’m still sitting here,” the veteran Dutch coach added. “I am here because I am obliged to do that.”
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