Louis van Gaal spectacularly stormed out of his Manchester United press conference amid reports he has two games to save his job.
The Dutchman is facing increased speculation he could be on his way out of Old Trafford with the club without a win in their last six matches, having been knocked out of the Champions League and falling out of the Premier League’s top four.
Speaking at the press conference held ahead of United’s trip to Stoke City on Boxing Day, Van Gaal launched a scathing attack on the media, before walking out after five minutes.
“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?
“They have called me, a lot of times, and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that.
“Do you think I want to talk with the media now? I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see that when I talk to you that you put it in your context.
“I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.
“I have held meetings, evaluation meetings with the players, with members of staff, I have held a Christmas lunch, I gave a speech and I feel the warmth and the the support of everybody at Carrington, this AON Training Complex.
“But I didn’t feel that [warmth] in the media. I can imagine that you can write about that subject.”
Van Gaal job assurances
Van Gaal conceded his side are currently out of sorts, but insisted with the Premier League so tight he can turn things around within a month.
The 67-year-old also revealed he has been backed by Ed Woodward, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill.
“We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were in first place and in about four weeks we can again be in that position again,” he added.
“You have to stick by the facts and when I get calls from Ed Woodward, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, because you are creating something that is not good, that is not being the facts, and now I have to answer questions. I don’t think I want to do it.
“I am focused on Stoke City. I wish you a merry Christmas I wish you a Merry Christmas and also maybe a Happy New Year when I see you.
“Enjoy the wine and the mince pies.”