Louis van Gaal: ‘Jose Mourinho link to Man Utd is invented’

Louis van Gaal says that Manchester United do
not need to clarify his future after reports that
Jose Mourinho is in talks with the club.
The BBC understands that Manchester United
have opened negotiations with representatives
of Mourinho.
Speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea,
Van Gaal asked a reporter: “You’ve spoken
with [chief executive] Ed Woodward?
“Why does the club have to deny it, when you
are creating stories?”
Van Gaal, 64, said last month that journalists
had “sacked” him three times already this
season and grew irritable by further questions
over his future.
He is out of contract at the end of next season
and the draw at Stamford Bridge left United
six points short of the top four.
“OK. So you didn’t speak to Ed Woodward, not
with [Manchester United owners] the Glazers
and you are inventing a story,” Van Gaal said.
“And then I have to answer this question. I
don’t answer this question. And I shall repeat
myself every week.
“Now I have to say that you [a reporter] are
getting the sack tomorrow. What is your
name? Then I can announce your name also.”
United had the better of the first 70 minutes at
Stamford Bridge and led through Jesse
Lingard’s goal, only for Diego Costa to
equalise in added time.
Van Gaal said his team should have done
enough to earn praise from the media and
referenced Sir Alex Ferguson’s three years
without a trophy at the start of his reign.
He said: “It was not a ‘boring’ match. For the
third game in succession our football was
sparkling. So I hope to get the support of the
media this week.
“But you write what you like. Maybe you
remember the difficult first years of Fergie.
You have to study… study statistics.”

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