New Delhi: Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal added fuel to fire as he stormed out of a press conference on Wednesday, after being grilled about his future at the club.
Here is the full transcript of the much talked about conference:
Q1: “Louis, thank you for your time. Arsène Wenger has said today that the speculation over your future is disrespectful. Is that something you agree with?”
Louis van Gaal: “Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? Nobody has that feeling? That’s what I’m wondering?”
Q2: “What have we done wrong?”
Louis van Gaal: “I think I was already sacked, I have read – I have been sacked. My colleague 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 my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsène Wenger is saying something about that. Do you think that I want to talk with the media now? I’m 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. I want to say only that I have tried to lift the confidence of my players, I have done everything this week. I hold meetings, evaluation meetings with the players, with my member of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I have held a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington, this training complex. But I didn’t feel that in the media and, of course, I can imagine that you can write about that subject. We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League and in about four weeks we can again be back in that position.”
Q3: “You have been though Louis at big clubs, huge clubs before. This is Manchester United and when results don’t go well and when the supporters have turned it is inevitable that speculation will happen. You surely aren’t surprised that there is speculation?”
Louis van Gaal: “No, I don’t think that you can do that because you have to stick by the facts and when I get calls from Alex Ferguson and David Gill and Ed Woodward because you are creating something that is not good, that is not being the facts and now I have to answer the questions. I don’t think that I want to do it. I only say now I am focused on Stoke City, I help my players, I wish you a merry Christmas and maybe also a happy new year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Goodbye.”
The 64-year-old Dutchman stormed out of the press conference after that.