Manchester United boos Louis Van Gaal seemed VERY annoyed about the speculations on his future, with José Mourinho that seemed already on his way to Old Trafford after his sacking.
After the Special One was fired by Chelsea, many rumours were putting him on Van Gaal’s place for the upcoming days: “Manchester United are in a bad run too, the Dutchman is on the brink” “Mourinho already has an agreement with the Red Devils” “Van Gaal has been sacked, more news to follow” every minute a news was coming out on his and Man United future seems to come out, and many times were just social network’s fake news that came around and were reported even by important media.
They were crazy days, and Van Gaal had enough, he thought that all these speculations were a huge lack of respect toward him, his family, his club and the fans.
So today the Manchester United boss attended his usual pre-match press conference, to preview game with Stoke City on Boxing Day.
It lasted something less than five minutes: the time for a rant, then the Dutch coach stormed out of the press room.
Here is how it went:
Q: Arsene Wenger says it’s been disrespectful?
Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I’m wondering. I think I was already sacked, I read. I have been sacked.
My colleague was here already. What do you think happens with my wife or my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that. So you think that I want to talk with the media now. I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context. And I want to say only I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.
I held meetings with the players with my members of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I did a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington, this AON training complex.
But I didn’t feel that in the media and of course I can imagine that you can write about that subject. We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League and in four weeks’ time we can be back in that position again.
Q: Manchester United is a huge club, is the speculation inevitable?
No I don’t think that you can do that because you have to stick by the facts and when I get calls off Alex Ferguson and David Gill and Ed Woodward because you are creating something that is not good, what is not being the facts, now I have to answer questions. I don’t think I want to do it. I only say now I am focussed on Stoke City, I help my players. I wish you a Merry Christmas and also maybe a Happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Goodbye.