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Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal's fury over exit talk as Mourinho looms

Louis van Gaal stood his ground last night amid growing speculation his time as Manchester United manager will be ended early.

Jose Mourinho continues to be linked with the Dutchman's job, but in the wake of a 1-1 draw at Chelsea which did little to boost his side's top-four hopes - United led through Jesse Lingard before Diego Costa hit a late equaliser - Van Gaal hit out.

He claimed United have no need to deny the reports of his likely early exit, and called his team's display at Stamford Bridge "sparkling".

"You have spoken with (United's executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward?" asked Van Gaal (above).

"Why do the club have to deny it when you are creating stories? Okay, so you haven't spoken to Ed Woodward or (United's owners) the Glazers, so you are inventing this story. I don't have to answer this question."

Addressing a reporter, he said: "You are getting the sack tomorrow. What is your name? Then I can announce your name also.

"Then (you can) look at your wife, or maybe you have children or a nephew or something like that.

"We have to do better. But I'm happy with the performance. It was not 'boring' so for the third time in a row it was sparkling. So I also hope to get the support of the media this week."

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