There was a bizarre moment at the end of Louis van Gaal’s post-match press conference, following Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday night, when he picked out a journalist and called him a ‘fat man’.
The Dutch coach refused to answer a question on Wayne Rooney, who produced a Man of the Match performance at St James’ Park, due to criticism from the media and signed off by saying; "We don’t speak any more about Rooney. You have criticised him. I don’t. You! You too, fat man there!"
The ‘fat man’ in question was Neil Custis - and the experienced journalist has issued a response to Van Gaal via The Sun.
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"You are right Louis I am fat,” Custis said, before adding: "I had a knee operation four months ago that stopped me running and going to the gym.
"That has resulted in me putting on nearly two stone.
"But I am trying to get it all off by having a dry January and calm February and a personal trainer.
"At least I can hold my hand up to my own failings. Shame others can't."
Van Gaal feeling the pressure
Van Gaal’s latest outburst comes just weeks after he abruptly walked out of a press conference after it was written that he had two matches to save his job.
The 64-year-old was upset that the media were linking Jose Mourinho with his position and demanded an apology which, of course, never came.
There have been clear signs that Van Gaal is feeling the strain and he hasn’t done himself any favours by needlessly insulting a journalist.
To upset a leading journalist from the country’s most popular red top is not a smart idea.
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