The Sun reporter Neil Custis has labelled Louis van Gaal “crass and pathetic” after the Manchester United manager reportedly called him “fat” following the 3-3 draw against Newcastle United this week.
Van Gaal made the jibe in his post-match conference after getting irritated by a question regarding the recent criticism of Wayne Rooney, who scored twice and made another in the game against the Magpies.
Just before leaving the room, van Gaal singled out Custis with the comment. The reporter responded with a scathing attack of van Gaal’s time as United boss.
“The comment was crass and pathetic but it’s a shame he’s not so astute when he’s looking at his own failings at Manchester United because the way they play under him has probably been the worst Manchester United have in 35 years,” Custis said.
“Win, lose or draw – you come away from a United match at the moment in the same manner. They [Woodward and the Glazers] have given this manager everything he wants and bowed to every whim.
“In many ways, Ed Woodward has been the perfect boss for a manager. The manager has spent £250m and rising. What has he [van Gaal] done with that money?
“I don’t think he’s wasted it on poor players. He’s bought good players, he’s just made them poor.”
The incident has descended into pettiness and both parties involved look foolish.
Van Gaal shouldn’t have made the comment but Custis could have easily just stayed professional rather than responding publicly. United supporters will be hoping their side do their talking on the pitch ahead of the crucial fixture against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, which could go a long way to deciding who is the front-runner in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.