Louis van Gaal has described speculation surrounding his Manchester United future as “awful and horrible”.
The Manchester United manager has been subject of intense discussion this week, with his side having been beaten 1-0 by Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
That defeat, the sixth of the league season, leaves United five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with significant pressure mounting on the Dutchman.
National newspapers could not decide the fate on Van Gaal on Monday, although Tuesday brought claims that the manager had offered to quit, and could do so again. Wednesday saw claims that Van Gaal ‘has no intention of quitting’.
Ahead of Friday night’s FA Cup trip to Derby, Van Gaal turned his anger on the media for how they have portrayed him during United’s troubled run of form.
Asked if he had offered to quit, the 64-year-old said at a press conference: “I don’t think that I have ever mentioned it.
“I think you make your own stories and then I have to answer about your stories, and I am not doing that because it is awful and horrible that you can write that and then I have to answer the questions of your story.
“I am very concerned people are believing what you are writing. I receive a lot of calls and SMSs, but it is this world that you can write what you want and you don’t have to verify anything.
“It is now the third time already that I have been sacked, and I am still sitting here for you.”
United were beaten 1-0 by Saints at Old Trafford and left the field to loud booing. Van Gaal is now under heavy pressure with his side having won just twice in 10 Barclays Premier League games and sitting in fifth, five points below the Champions League places.
Their slow style of play has been criticised all season and they have not scored in the first half of their last 11 home games.
Van Gaal is certain to face intense scrutiny as his side face a tricky trip to Sky Bet Championship high-flyers Derby and he expects people to report his job is on the line once again.
The former Holland, Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss said: “When you lose it is more worse and I predicted already, before the game against Southampton, that I cannot lose any more because I am then condemned for the fourth time that I have been sacked. Maybe then you have written the truth, because sometimes it happens.”
Asked if he was facing a must-win game at the iPro Stadium, Van Gaal said: “You have to win, because then you are out of the FA Cup.”
Van Gaal is pleased to have the backing of Woodward but admits that does bring pressure.
He said: “It is fantastic, of course. That gives you a lot of pressure because when the board has such confidence in you then the pressure is much higher than when they say it is your last game, or something like that, because then the confidence is not so high, and you can fight against it.
“When you can fight you have bigger motivation than when they support you. I am always fighting.”