Manchester United boss Louis can Gaal has dramatically stormed out of his press conference amid questions about former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho taking over from him at Old Trafford.
And it took just five minutes for him to reach breaking point, suggesting that things are more tightly wound behind the scenes than first thought.
“Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me?” Van Gaal said. “I think I was already sacked, I read.
“I have been sacked. My colleague (Mourinho) was here already. So you think I want to talk to the media? I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you.
“But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context. And I want to say only I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.
“I held meetings with the players with my members of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I did a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington.
“We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the PL and in four weeks’ time we can be back in that position again.”
And when asked if speculation surrounding his job was natural because of the club’s recent form he replied: “No I don’t think that you can do that because you have to stick by the facts and when I get calls off Alex Ferguson and David Gill and Ed Woodward because you are creating something that is not good, what is not being the facts, now I have to answer questions.”
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