Louis van Gaal accused the press of "interfering in my future" during a press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Southampton.
Just a week after labelling Sun journalist Neil Custis as "fat", Manchester United manager Van Gaal was in typically bullish mood as he answered questions on his personal future at Old Trafford.
Asked about reports suggesting that he will leave this summer, twelve months before his three-year contract expires and regardless of United's end of season finish, Van Gaal was typically confrontational.
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"This is not the business of the press. First you have sacked me and now you are interfering in my future.”
“I have a relationship with the players and that is the most important thing. What is happening in the media is a different world”
Despite a recent improvement in United's results - they won 1-0 at Anfield last Sunday - Van Gaal remains under sustained pressure, due largely to the highly conservative brand of football showcased this season.
Many of the Old Trafford faithful have grown tired of the Dutchman's stifling philosophy, whilst Joe Mourinho's continued availability has intensified speculation.
Fans and journalists alike assumed that the former Barcelona manager would be sacked following United's Boxing Day defeat to Stoke City; however, the Dutchman has remained, with United targeting a spot back amongst the top four.
Since being sacked by Chelsea last month, Mourinho has kept surprisingly quiet, with the former Real Madrid manager seemingly biding his time until the hot seat becomes available at Old Trafford.
However, United's failure to act thus far may suggest that senior figures have serious doubts about Mourinho's suitability for the role, due to his history of short managerial spells and the highly disciplined brand of football he would implement.
Assistant manager Ryan Giggs also has his supporters amongst the United faithful, with the majority of the fans desperate for a return to the high-tempo, attacking style of football implemented by Sir Alex Ferguson for more than 26 years.
United go into Saturday's game in fifth just two points behind Tottenham, who face a tricky trip to Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.
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