Under-fire Louis van Gaal came out fighting after being questioned about reports Manchester United could bring in Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese continues to be linked with the Old Trafford hotseat and such talk is clearly grinding on the United manager, who hit out at reporters after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
Van Gaal claimed United have no need to deny the reports he could leave the club early and called his team’s display at Stamford Bridge “sparkling”.
“You have spoken with (United’s executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward?” Van Gaal asked.
“Why do they have to deny? I don’t interfere neither (sic). Why do the club have to deny it when you are creating stories. Okay, okay, so you haven’t spoken to Ed Woodward or (United’s owners) the Glazers, so you are inventing this story.
“I don’t have to answer this question.”
Addressing a reporter, he said: “You are getting the sack tomorrow. What is your name? Then I can announce the name also. (You can) look at your wife, or maybe you have children, or a nephew or something like that.
“We have to do better. We have to improve in that way. But I’m happy with the performance. It was not a ‘boring’ match, so for the third time in a row it was sparkling. So I also hope to get the support of the media this week.”