The fraught Manchester United manager’s job is in serious jeopardy following a miserable run of results, with Jose Mourinho emerging as a potential successor after Chelsea culled him last week.
Van Gaal, grimly surveying those huddled into the Carrington conference room, requested an apology from the press before reluctantly fielding two questions.
“Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I’m wondering,” said Van Gaal. “I think I was already sacked, I read. I have been sacked. My colleague [Mourinho] was here already.
“What do you think happens with my wife or my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that.
“So you think that I want to talk with the media now. I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context. And I want to say only I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.