Van Gaal: Mourinho speculation “an absolute scandal”


It’s safe to say Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal isn’t happy with the constant rumors about his future.

Like, not at all.

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With United six points off the top four heading into this Sunday’s clash against Arsenal (Watch live, 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) at Old Trafford, the pressure continues to mount on LVG.

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Speaking live on Dutch TV station RTL7 Van Gaal snapped when asked about his former assistant at Barcelona, Jose Mourinho, taking his job at Old Trafford.

“I think what is happening is an absolute scandal,” Van Gaal said. “Every day I am preventing the players from being under pressure. Because every arrow is shot at me, not one at the players.

“It is all aimed at me. In a bizarre way this situation with me has an advantage for the players. I can see that they are not being criticised. Only me.’’

Asked if his former colleague and good friend Mourinho should speak out about the speculation, Van Gaal became more irate and insisted the speculation should not warrant an answer.

“He has said things a number of times with a lot of words, but he does not have to tell me anything. I find the whole thing ridiculous,” Van Gaal said.“I don’t want United to do something either. I don’t even want them to react to things which I read in the media or which are being created. We, the club and I, are not going to help the media right now by denying things.”

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United is currently ravaged by injuries with David De Gea and Wayne Rooney both out, plus over 10 more in the treatment room with Antony Martial the latest to go down.

Van Gaal has led the Red Devils to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the Europa League (where they face Liverpool) but getting into the top four of the PL remains the main aim. If they don’t beat Arsenal on Sunday — despite having so many players missing — then the pressure will heap further on LVG’s shoulders but it’s highly likely he’ll be given until the end of this season before his position is reviewed. LVG’s current contract runs out at the end of the 2016-17 season but you won’t find many predicting he’ll be around to see that out.

Mourinho has already said he would prefer to start his next project at the beginning of next season, but is ready whenever he gets the call.