Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal walked out of his press conference thereby cutting it short on Wednesday, after he answered just two questions from journalists in few minutes (less than five minutes)
The formal Netherlands head coach is under fire and rumours about his future has hit the headlines in the recent weeks in the wake of their three successive defeats and six games without win. The sacking of Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho also helped pile up pressures on him, with many speculating that the former Chelsea manager will succeed him at Old Trafford.
Un expectedly Louis Van Gaal addressed the reporters in an austere expression in his compulsory pre-match press conference for the away game at Stoke City, requesting an apology from the reporters before exiting the room.
The manager had this to say after the opening question was thrown at him regarding rumours about his future: “Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? Nobody has that feeling? That’s what I am wondering,”
“I think I was already sacked, I have read I have been sacked and my colleague was here already.
“What do you think happens with my wife, or with 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 it.
“Do you think that I want to talk with the media now? I am here only because of the Premier League rule… I have to talk with you.”
When he was asked if the speculation was inevitable given that United are having poor run, he said: “I don’t think that you can do that. 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 which is not good, which is not facts… Now I have to answer questions? I don’t think I want to do it. I only say now I am focused on Stoke City, I help my players.
“I have held meetings, evaluation meetings with the players, with members of staff, I have held a Christmas lunch, I gave a speech and I feel the warmth and the the support of everybody at Carrington, this AON Training Complex.
“But I didn’t feel that [warmth] in the media. I can imagine that you can write about that subject.
“We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were in first place and in about four weeks we can again be in that position again.
“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.”