Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has criticised the media as speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford increases.
In a dramatic press conference on Wednesday, van Gaal criticised the assembled reporters following reports he is set to be sacked at Man United before cutting it short after just four minutes and 58 seconds.
Van Gaal told the press to “stick by the facts” and revealed that he has spoken to the likes of Ed Woodward and Sir Alex Ferguson in recent days.
“You have to stick by the facts and when I get calls from Ed Woodward, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, because you are creating something that is not good, that is not being the facts, and now I have to answer questions. I don’t think I want to do it,” van Gaal said.
“I am focused on Stoke City. I wish you a merry Christmas I wish you a Merry Christmas and also maybe a Happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pies.”
It is clear that the scrutiny has got to van Gaal and you have to feel sorry for him. He is a likeable character and he does not deserve to be scrutinised to relentlessly following what has been a successful career.
However, the ‘fact’ remains that results have not been good enough at United. While he has an admirable character, his team is boring to watch and you get the sense that he will be let go sooner rather than later.