Van Gaal: I have support of Fergie, Ed Woodward et al

Date published: Wednesday 23rd December 2015 5:03

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal answered two questions of his press conference on Wednesday before walking out.

The Manchester United manager has faced intense scrutiny all week, with erstwhile Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho constantly linked with his position at Old Trafford.

“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.

“You have to stick by the facts and when I get calls from Ed Woodward, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, because you are creating something that is not good, that is not being the facts, and now I have to answer questions. I don’t think I want to do it.

Van Gaal also asked where his “apology” was from the waiting journalists almost immediately after entering the press room.

“Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me?” said Van Gaal. “That’s what I am wondering.

“I think I was already sacked I have read. Or have been sacked. Or that my colleague [Jose Mourinho] was here already.

“What do you think that happens with my wife or with my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or with my friends? What do you think?

“They have called me, a lot of times, and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that.

“Do you think 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 that when I talk to you that you put it in your context.

“I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.

“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.

 

“I am focused on Stoke City. I wish you a Merry Christmas and also maybe a Happy New Year when I see you.

“Enjoy the wine and mince pies.”

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