Watch: Reaction of press officer to bizarre Van Gaal during conference

Watch: Reaction of press officer to bizarre Van Gaal during conference

Manchester United’s press officer did not look impressed when Louis van Gaal decided to hand out a bizarre long-ball dossier to journalists during his press conference this afternoon.

Alarms bells were clearing ringing when she was asked to hand out the four-page pamphlet and she rolled her eyes following the request.

It was a funny moment after what was an unusual move from the experienced Dutchman. Van Gaal included a number of statistics in the dossier such as the percentage of all passes long and long passes directed forward.

The document was produced in response to comments made by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce who said his team “couldn’t cope with long ball United” following the 1-1 draw between the two sides on Sunday.

There will no doubt be some parallels to Rafael Benitez cracking under pressure back in 2009 when he brought his own “facts” dossier into a press conference but this was an altogether more light hearted affair, with Van Gaal moving only to protect his own ego.

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