Cracks show as Van Gaal storms out of press conference
Louis Van Gaal's reign as Manchester United manager is more precarious than ever after showing signs of cracking under mounting pressure by storming out of an extraordinary press conference which lasted less than five minutes.
The 64-year-old Dutchman is fuming with speculation that he is about to lose his job and reports that Jose Mourinho, sacked last week by Chelsea, is primed to take over at Old Trafford.
And yesterday in a media briefing ahead of the Boxing Day clash at Stoke, Van Gaal hit out at what he clearly believes is unfair treatment stating he had only turned up to talk to journalists because of Premier League rules.
United have not won any of their previous six games, losing the last three, are out of the Champions League, have dropped to fifth in the Premier League and are playing the worst football seen at Old Trafford for many years yet Van Gaal seems to think recent criticism has been over the top.
In total his dramatic press conference lasted four minutes and 58 seconds in which Van Gaal asked the assembled media if they wanted to apologise to him, insisted reports of his demise as boss had affected his family, claimed the media had taken his words out of context and suggested United could be at the top of the table in a month's time.
He added that he had tried to lift the confidence of the players prior to the festive fixtures, before wishing the stunned journalists a happy Christmas and telling them to enjoy the wine and mince pies laid on by the club.
He also stated that he would see the media next year though if United lose to Stoke and at home to Chelsea on December 28, he will do well to survive into 2016.
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