Louis van Gaal does not believe he has any need to ring up Jose Mourinho to discuss the Manchester United rumours and thinks the Portuguese manager has already done enough to distance himself from them.
Speaking to FoxSports.nl after Man United’s 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland, van Gaal was asked why he didn’t just phone Mourinho up to put the rumours to bed straight away. In response, he said he simply didn’t have to.
Here is a full transcript of Louis van Gaal‘s interview and we’d like to say thanks to Kjell Kuipers for helping with the accurate translation.
Q: Louis, congratulations with the victory. At the press conference you were talking about Murphy’s law, did you think about that at the start of the evening?
A: Yes, if you create so many opportunities but don’t score and they score the first time they cross the halfway line, and besides that also Martial who picked up an injury just before the start of the game then you start wondering on what to do next.
But I have to say that the youngsters did an incredible job and there was so much excitement in the team. Despite missing lots of opportunities, despite conceding, despite missing a penalty, we continued playing our game and eventually the game ended in 5-1 and some goals were even prettier than the others.
Reporter: Was it being horny where you were talked about in the press conference?
LVG: Yes something like that *smiles*
Reporter: In the meantime I found out that horny is something different than ‘geil’ (geil is dutch for horny)
LVG: Is it?
Reporter: Yes ‘geil’ could also be used to say you like and enjoy something. But in England horny only means horny.
LVG: I believe that it’s the Belgian translation, I believe that in Belgium it’s a normal word. I’ve played football in Belgium for four years, that’s why I know that. But it’s about having the desire to score and that you would do anything to score and that’s what I really meant to say with that word.
Reporter: : All those stories about you, in the English press, there was a kind of a exam on about wether you would win this game or not. Did you think about the pressure and how you could take away the pressure from the players?
LVG: I’m doing that all the time because every arrow they (the english press) fire is aimed at me and not towards the players, so that’s a benefit from that. So, in general, the players are not being criticised.
Reporter: Have you never thought about calling Mourinho with the thought ‘he’s a friend of mine, I know him and he’s going to tell me that it’s all bullshit and then that chapter is closed?’
LVG: Well I think he already said it multiple times in not so many words, so therefore for me he doesn’t have to do that. Because I think it’s ridiculous and I think it’s the same for Manchester United, you shouldn’t respond to opinions/stories created by the press because we are not going to help the press with that actually. But it’s scandalous what’s happening.
If van Gaal is referring to Mourinho’s comments in Singapore, then Jose certainly doesn’t rule out United – in fact, he simply never mentions the club at all. If anything, he left it completely open to interpretation, although he did insist he didn’t have a job yet.
The plot thickens…