Louis van Gaal has admitted that the constant murmurs of Jose Mourinho’s imminent appointment is beginning to annoy him.
He also quashed reports suggesting Manchester United representatives have spoken with Mourinho by admitting the club would have told him about any talks.
Mourinho is rumoured to replace the Dutchman at United, with the Mirror reporting that personal terms have already been agreed for the former Chelsea boss to become the Red Devils’ new manager.
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However, Van Gaal doesn’t believe that to be the case due to his close relationship with Ed Woodward and the Glazers, and is growing tiresome of the rumours.
In an interview with the Independent, the 64-year-old said: “I not only have a strong relationship with [executive vice-chairman] Ed, but also with the Glazers. I have a good feeling with them, and that is why I am annoyed with all the publicity.
“I have ‘been sacked’ three times and now it is about negotiations starting with Mourinho. The next time is will be another manager.”
“I have spoken with Woodward and I cannot imagine that he and Jose Mourinho have spoken with each other.
“I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that.”
Van Gaal’s United tenure hasn’t been the smoothest of rides and he has come under heavy criticism for failing to create an entertaining, competitive team.
The Red Devils are 12 points adrift of Leicester at the top of the Premier League and were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.
But that hasn’t impacted Van Gaal’s relationship with Woodward or the Glazers, United’s owners.
It is because of that tight-knit relationship that Van Gaal is adamant United’s hierarchy will discuss with the manager any plans to replace him.
He said: “If they want to change, they have to prepare themselves. That is also my professional attitude, in my opinion. If they are thinking that they want to replace me, they have to enquire. But, if it is like that, they have to say it to me and I believe they will tell me if it is like that.”
Criticised his whole career
Van Gaal admitted he has faced criticism since his first managerial position, way back in 1991 when he become Ajax manager.
He said: “I am used to a lot of criticism. My performances in the media are also provocative, but I have had to cope with the criticism from the first time I was a coach.
“For me, it is not any more stress or brother to have to deal with it. That is because, with the way I speak, my players are always protected. It is always against Louis van Gaal, it is never against my players, so that is a benefit of how I talk in the media.”