Louis Van Gaal has insisted that Manchester United have not contacted evicted manager Jose Mourinho to replace him at Old Trafford.
Speaking to BBC before the Chelsea game, Van Gaal said:
“When there is such nonsense written about me, I cannot believe there is already a relationship between Jose Mourinho and United.”
There were reports that suggested that Manchester united have contacted Mourinho, after the Portuguese said he’ll be back for sure.
“I always say I need competition – I need competition every week,” the Portuguese, 53, told the Mail on Sunday. “For sure I’ll be back soon.”
Van Gaal’s United drew against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, that further increased pressure on the Dutch manager who is now six points adrift of the top four with just 14 games left in the season. His contract runs out at the end of next season and Mourinho’s appreciation of United, doesn’t bode well Van Gaal’s tenure at the club.
After the Chelsea game, Van Gaal dismissed reports of Mourinho again.
“Why does the club have to deny it, when you are creating stories?” Van Gaal said as quoted in this Sky Sports video. “OK. So you didn’t speak to Ed Woodward, not with [Manchester United owners] the Glazers and you are inventing a story.”
Van Gaal also said that he didn’t play “boring” football against Chelsea and ideally he should get the “support” of the media. He also referenced Alex Ferguson’s term in which he went his first three years without a trophy.
Jesse Lingard’s goal was cancelled out by Diego Costa’s in the dying minutes of extra time that has increased tension levels at Old Trafford. Even though United played fairly well throughout the game, they could not hold on with their lead.
Manchester go away at Sunderland next, before facing Arsenal in the league at the end of February.