Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was less than impressed when asked about recent speculation suggesting he had offered to resign.
The Dutchman came under further scrutiny after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford last weekend, but he reiterated that he had no intention to walk away and will continue to fight during his press conference on Thursday afternoon, as noted by Sky Sports.
The 64-year-old is preparing his side for their FA Cup clash with Derby County on Friday night, and will be fully aware that another negative result will reflect badly on him despite the support from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in recent days.
While Van Gaal conceded that he was thankful to Woodward for his vote of confidence, it also means that he is under more pressure to ensure that he repays that faith.
Meanwhile, the United boss was particularly angry and frustrated about reports he had resigned in the aftermath of the loss to the Saints on Saturday, as reported by The Guardian.
After lambasting certain sections of the media for writing stories without verifying their facts and sources, he described the rumours as “awful and horrible”. Having pointed out that he has been reportedly sacked three times already this season, Van Gaal was defiant that he still remains in the job and plans to continue to be United boss for the foreseeable future.
However, results will certainly dictate whether or not that happens, and he can ill afford another setback against Championships opposition on Friday night.