A journalist has hit back at Louis van Gaal after being called a “fat man” by the Manchester United manager.
Van Gaal made the remark following his side’s dramatic 3-3 draw at Newcastle on Tuesday night.
The Dutchman was making a point regarding the media’s criticism of England captain Wayne Rooney, who has returned to form with four goals in his last three matches.
“You have criticised him, I don’t,” Van Gaal said, before walking away and pointing at journalist Neil Custis.
“You too. Fat man. There,” he added.
Custis has now responded to the Old Trafford boss, writing in The Sun: “You are right Louis I am fat.
“I had a knee operation four months ago that stopped me running and going to the gym.
“That has resulted in me putting on nearly two stone. But I am trying to get it all off by having a dry January and calm February and a personal trainer.
“At least I can hold my hand up to my own failings. Shame others can’t.”
This is not the first occasion Van Gaal has clashed with journalists.
As reports reached fever pitch that he could lose his job following defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich last month, the 64-year-old stormed out of a press conference after criticising the media.
“Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I am wondering,” he said.
“I think I was already sacked I have read. Or have been sacked. Or that my colleague [Jose Mourinho] was here already.
“What do you think that happens with my wife or with my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or with my friends? What do you think?”