Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he has felt no “warmth” from the media as scrutiny over his position increased this week.
Man United lost 2-1 against Norwich City last time out, meaning the team has now gone six games without a win in all competitions.
There were rumours that United were preparing to sack van Gaal and replace him with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and the Dutchman slammed the reports at his press conference ahead of the clash against Stoke City.
“I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week,” van Gaal said.
“I have held meetings, evaluation meetings with the players, with members of staff, I have held a Christmas lunch, I gave a speech and I feel the warmth and the the support of everybody at Carrington, this AON Training Complex. But I didn’t feel that [warmth] in the media. I can imagine that you can write about that subject.”
While van Gaal deserves some sympathy, he cannot expect to go without scrutiny following such a dismal run.
The Dutchman deserves respect if and when United confirm his exit but results simply haven’t been good enough considering the amount of money he has spent since taking charge. It appears as if he is struggling to cope with the pressure and that the aura of authority that once surrounded him is fading.