Louis Van Gaal hits back at journalists over Jose Mourinho rumours
Louis Van Gaal was at his spiky best and refused to entertain any talks of Jose Mourinho taking over at Old Trafford following his side’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
When asked by a reporter as to why claims of Mourinho taking over at Manchester United were not being denied, Van Gaal snapped saying:
"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."
Van Gaal’s men took the lead thanks to a stunning strike from Lingard in the 61st minute but they were denied all three points when Diego Costa scored an equaliser in the 90th minute. The match was a huge blow to United’s Champions League hopes as the gap now between them and fourth place team Manchester City is 6 points with 13 games left to play.
Van Gaal frustrated with draw at Stamford Bridge
The Dutch manager felt United had played well enough to take home the full share of points. When asked if he was disappointed with the result, Van Gaal said:
"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.”
“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.”
"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!"
The United manager was also disappointed with referee Michael Oliver’s decision to end both the halves saying:
"When he whistled for full-time we were on the counter-attack, also in the first half,"
"So that was two times against Manchester United, so that is unfair. If you let them take the corner, you have to allow the counter-attack too."
Spanish custodian De Gea came in for some special praise by his manager with the Dutchman acknowledging his importance for the team:
"He [De Gea] was remarkable because they were nearly goals I think. They were fantastic saves."
“He is definitely among the top goal keepers in the world”