Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal blasts ‘awful and horrible’ exit rumours

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal has blasted the “awful and horrible” rumours suggesting that he was on the brink of leaving his post as manager of Manchester United this week.

Widespread reports suggested that van Gaal offered to resign in the wake of Man United’s 1-0 defeat against Southampton last weekend, only for Ed Woodward to talk him out of it.

However, van Gaal rubbished the rumours in his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash against Derby on Friday.

“I think I don’t have mentioned that ever. You make your own stories. Then I have to answer. I am not doing that. It is awful and horrible but you can write,” van Gaal said.

“It is the third time I am sacked and I am still sitting here. I am obliged to do that [attend press conferences]. A lot of people ask in a disrespectful way. I have always faith. When you lose it is worse. I predicted before Southampton. Now I cannot lose any more because then for the fourth time I have been sacked. Then it might be the truth.”

United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and van Gaal cannot expect his position to not be scrutinised following a run of awful form.

There have been conflicting reports over United’s confidence in van Gaal and, indeed, the Dutchman’s confidence in himself but he seems to be defiant in the face of adversity. Supporters will be hoping his team shows as much fight as he has against Derby and beyond.

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