Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has again reacted angrily to suggestions that his position at Old Trafford is under threat.
In what has been a difficult season for the Dutch tactician, he was quizzed about his future during his weekly press conference on Friday.
With speculation claiming that Jose Mourinho was on the verge of taking over at United in the summer, Van Gaal made his response clear to the rumours.
“I do not agree they [the club] need to make a statement,” he told the media, as reported by Sky Sports. “I’ve said it many times that a lot of the media is inventing stories and you don’t have to respond to invented stories.”
“It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for the board of Manchester United, you have to put it to them. I have a contract for three years and you know that.”
United are unbeaten in all competitions in their last three games, with their last defeat coming at home to Southampton on January 23.
Their struggles this season have left them six points adrift of the Champions League qualification places, and as they continue to lose ground on their rivals above them, it will likely only result in further pressure being placed on Van Gaal’s shoulders.
The former PSV boss has faced intense criticism this season due to his side’s style of play and lack of goals, and with results not at a satisfactory level, it remains to be seen whether or not the claims that Mourinho is ready to step in are true and result in a managerial change at the end of the campaign.