Louis van Gaal has done a few bizarre things in press conferences since joining Manchester United in the summer of 2014.
The veteran Dutch coach has chanted his own song, called a journalist ‘fat man’, handed out long-ball dossiers, walked out after less than five minutes but he had never laid his hands on a reporter while managing in England - until this weekend.
Following Saturday’s defeat against Southampton, after the press conference had finished, Van Gaal was asked by BBC Sport’s Simon Stone if he was interested in signing Ashley Cole. Scroll down this page to see how the 64-year-old reacted.
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Van Gaal looked the journalist in the eye and replied: “He didn’t play for a year,” before giving him a couple of gentle slaps on the cheek.
This drew laughs from the other reporters inside the press room - although, in truth, it was all a little unnecessary from the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach.
Video: Van Gaal slaps journalist
Van Gaal close to losing his job
His reaction could be perceived as another sign that he’s feeling the pressure weighing down on his shoulders.
An increasing number of journalists believe that the end could be nigh for Van Gaal after yet another demoralising performance and result.
Ryan Giggs and Jose Mourinho are both on standby if United opt to sack Van Gaal - or if the man himself decides to walk away from his position at Old Trafford.
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