Watch: 'My message is that media are writing things that are not confirmed by Manchester United'- Van Gaal
A sullen but ornery Louis Van Gaal was unable to adequately account for Manchester United’s third consecutive Premier League defeat to Stoke City this afternoon.
Van Gaal, who stormed out of a press conference earlier this week following rumours that he could soon be replaced Jose Mourinho, had identified today’s encounter at the Britannia as a must-win game on both a personal and collective level.
With losses to Bournemouth and Norwich as well as an early Champions League exit , the Dutchman’s job security has become the source of increased speculation in recent weeks.
Speaking to Sky Sports in the aftermath of the loss which was brought about by first half goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic, the usually robust 64-year-old offered little by the way of a constructive explanation for yet another prosaic performance from his side.
“My thoughts are that we didn't dare to play football in the first half. I see how they have trained. They want to perform well but the circumstances with pressure are difficult.”
United are now sixth and without a victory in seven games in all competitions, and with Mourinho and Pep Guardiola both available, though to different degrees of immediacy, Van Gaal’s position would seem untenable. Once more, he pointed to the media’s role in these straitened times in the red half of Manchester.
“It's difficult, I'm part of the four matches that we have lost so people are looking at me, I have to deal with it. My message is that media are writing things that are not confirmed by Manchester United."