Louis van Gaal has blasted the British media after having to again deny reports that he has offered to quit as Manchester United boss.
The Red Devils lost at home to Southampton in the Premier League last week, prompting audible discontent from the Old Trafford crowd and leading to reports that the Dutchman had offered his resignation to the United board.
However, Van Gaal has angrily denied the reports this week, accusing the media of disrespect and continually creating headlines that have no basis in truth.
“I have not mentioned [quitting] ever,” he told reporters ahead of United’s FA Cup clash with Derby on Friday.
“You [the press] make your own stories, and then I have to answer. I am not doing that.
“I think it is awful and horrible that you can write, and then I have to answer questions on those stories.
“People are believing those stories, and I am very concerned that people are believing it. I receive lots of calls and messages.
“But OK, it is this world – you can write what you want and you don’t have to fear anything. It is the third time I am sacked [according to the press] and I am still sitting here for you, and I am obliged to do that.”
Van Gaal is believed to still retain the full backing of United chairman Ed Woodward, although he believes that creates a different kind of pressure and he is resolved to keep pushing himself and his players forward.
“It is fantastic that Ed supports me,” he added. When the board has such confidence in you, then the pressure is much higher than when they say, ‘It is your last game’ or something like that.
“It’s also your duty as a manager and as a player to stand up again and do what you have to do, because that’s a professional attitude.”