The Manchester United boss has, according to BBC, just left his weekly press conference early:
“Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has walked out of his news conference after just eight minutes. I asked the first question and there were then a couple more from the broadcast media before he got up and left. It seemed a pre-meditated attack on the media.”
Van Gaal must have watched on agog as the newspapers went to town on him this week.
In truth however, the embattled Manchester United manager was probably expecting a barrage of criticism after a simply unacceptable run of results which culminated in a home defeat to Norwich last weekend.
Even the great Sir Alex would have been worried about his future if he had gone six games without a win and suffered three defeats on the bounce.
Van Gaal’s job is very much on the line and he knows it.
But, in his pre-press conference on MUTV this afternoon he was sticking to the task in hand.
“It’s more or less the same, so there is no difference,”
“Only that, for example, Phil Jones has played 90 minutes and had no reaction so that’s a good signal.”
He also said that Matteo Darmian was close to a return:
“I think Matteo Darmian shall come [back] next week and then maybe already against Chelsea. We have to see that but, of course, we have injuries that take a long time for example Shaw, Valencia and Rojo and you cannot change that.”
The boss was tight lipped about wider issues but left the press conference after just a few minutes in what issuing described by BBC as a potentially pre-meditated attack on the media.
We shall keep you updated throughout the afternoon as events unfold.