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WATCH - Van Gaal storms out of his Man Utd press conference

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Angry Van Gaal left his press conference early
Angry Van Gaal left his press conference early

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal stormed out of his latest press conference after less than five minutes, as pressure continues to mount on the Dutchman at Old Trafford.

A clearly irate Van Gaal insisted he had the full support from the key members of the Manchester United board and his players, as he suggested the media were creating a story to undermine his position at Old Trafford.

"Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That's what I'm wondering," he stated initially, before offering a stout defence of his position before his abrupt exit.

"I have already been sacked," he asked.

"I read that I have already been sacked. What do you think happens to my wife, my kids, my grandchildren. The fans of Manchester United. Also Arsene Wenger is saying something about this. 

"Do you think I want to the media now. I am here only for the Premier League rule. But you will use my words in your context."

Van Gaal confirmed that he had spoken to former United manager Alex Ferguson, while he claimed he felt the "warmth and support of everyone" at United's training ground.

"We are not in a good position, but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League," stated Van Gaal. "In four weeks time, we can be back in that position. 

"I don't think the media can do that (create speculation). You have to stick by the facts. You are creating something that is not good. Something that is not the facts. 

"Now I have to answer questions and I don't want to do it. I am focused on Stoke City. 

"I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy some wine and a mince pie. Goodbye."

The frosty media conference will fuel speculation that Van Gaal is feeling the pressure mounting around him at Old Trafford, with his claims that he hopes to see the media again the New Year apparent confirmation that he is not ready to quit as United boss.

A frenzy of rumours on Tuesday suggested Van Gaal's time at United was coming to an end, but he remains in charge for the game against Stoke on St Stephen's Day and, apparently, the clash against Chelsea on Monday.

Jose Mourinho remains the hot favourite to replace him at United, just a few days after he was sacked as manager of Chelsea.

Watch the Van Gaal press conference in full here: