Monday 26 September 2016

'At least I can hold my hand up to my own failings' - Journalist hits back at Louis Van Gaal’s 'fat man' barb

Tom Rooney

Published 14/01/2016 | 11:26

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine

Louis van Gaal's disdain for the press has been increasingly explicit of late, but one reporter has fired back at the Dutchman.

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Following United’s 3-3 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday, Van Gaal’s post game press conference took a surly turn when questions regarding captain Wayne Rooney – who was in scintillating form - were sent his way.

As Van Gaal was responding to the queries, he evidently picked up on the Sun’s Neil Custis impersonating him to a fellow scribe.

As he exited the event, the former Ajax boss turned to the press corps and directed his ire at Custis, and made a searing remark about his weight. Much like Van Gaal’s pre-Christmas storm off, footage of the incident got considerable traction.

In today’s Sun, the journalist issued a pointed response to the under-fire coach:

“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.”

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