The Sun has 'apologised' to Louis Van Gaal after he stormed out of a press conference

Louis Dor
Thursday 24 December 2015 12:50
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The Sun's back page today is pretty out there.

It lists Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal's failures this season, in a false apology for the side's performance, after he demanded an apology from the media over reports he might be sacked.

We're sorry, The Sun says to Van Gaal, for the fact that:

You've not won in six.

You went out of the Champions League.

You've gone from 1st to 5th.

You've bored fans to tears.

You've spent £250m doing it.

We're really sorry Utd. fans - he's staying for now.

Ouch.

The back page follows Van Gaal's press conference on Wednesday ahead of Man U's premier league fixture against Stoke City.

There has been speculation in the media that if Man U lose to Stoke, Van Gaal will follow in the footsteps of his friend José Mourinho, who was sacked from his job as Chelsea manager this week.

Van Gaal stormed out early after demanding an apology from the press for their reporting of possible successors for his job.

Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I am wondering.

I think I was already sacked I have read. Or have been sacked. Or that my colleague [Jose Mourinho] was here already.

What do you think that happens with my wife or with my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or with my friends? What do you think?

They have called me, a lot of times, and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that.

Van Gaal also said he was “only here now because of the premier League rules".

Van Gaal insisted the club remain in the title race, and that he has the backing of executive vice chairman of United Ed Woodward, former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill.

The club still sit in sixth in the Premier League, however it is no secret that their form is on a decline, having gathered 13 points from their last 10 BPL games...

...and five points from their last five.

For a manager who spent £250m in the summer, the current form must rank as an underachievement.

Van Gaal will hope to turn things around when Manchester United play Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 26 December.

Whether a win will get The Sun off his back is another matter entirely.

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