Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal angrily hit out at the press after his side's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, addressing rumours he will be replaced at the Old Trafford helm by Jose Mourinho.
The Dutchman was evidently frustrated after United conceded an injury-time equaliser against the reigning Premier League champions and turned his focus on the press after the Red Devils were linked to Mourinho by reports, as quoted by Goal:
Why does the club have to deny it when you are creating stories? You have not spoken to Ed Woodward, nor with the Glazers.
Maybe I can say that you are getting the sack tomorrow, what is your name? Maybe I can announce that. Write what you want. Maybe you also remember the first years of Sir Alex? Maybe you can look at the statistics.
That's why I am frustrated, because the gap is not going smaller. You can say it is misfortune but it is not the first time, Newcastle United was the same.
For the third time in a row it was sparkling. I hope I will also get the support of the media this week!
You can see Van Gaal's reaction here:
United dominated the match at Stamford Bridge, but a Diego Costa goal late in the day denied them maximum points.
The draw leaves Van Gaal's side trailing in fifth place in the league, with games quickly running out before the end of the campaign.
Van Gaal attempted to explain his emotions about the game following his outburst, per Goal:
It's frustrating, not a big disappointment. We played well until the last quarter, and it's frustrating how they scored because Daley Blind was slipping.
It is not easy to play here because the individual level of play is high in Chelsea. But it is better than last year, and last year we also played better than Chelsea I think but we lost 1-0.
Now it's 1-1, so we improved!
It was a marked improvement in terms of performance from United, but the result leaves them trailing in the race for the top four.
Van Gaal will be pleased with the overall application of his players, but considering David Moyes was removed as manager when he failed to qualify for Europe's top competition, there's every chance the Dutchman could suffer a similar fate.