Manchester United News: Louis Van Gaal Blasts Reporters over Resignation Reports

Van Gaal is angry at reports he offered Manchester United his resignation.
Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, December 28, 2015. Van Gaal says reports he offered his resignation last weekend are wide of the mark. Clive Mason/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says reports he attempted to quit the club last weekend are "awful and horrible."

It was widely reported in the wake of United's 1-0 defeat to Southampton last Saturday that Van Gaal had offered his resignation to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

But at a press conference on Thursday prior to United's FA Cup fourth-round game against Derby County at the iPro Stadium, Derby's home ground, on Friday night, Van Gaal rubbished those claims.

"I think you make your own stories, then I have to answer your stories, and I'm not doing it. It is awful and horrible that you can write that and then I have to answer the questions of your story," Van Gaal said when asked if he had indeed offered his resignation.

"I am very concerned people are believing what you are writing.

"This is the third time I have been sacked and I am still sitting here for you. I'm doing it because I am obliged."

Van Gaal said he retains the support of Woodward, who appointed him as the successor to David Moyes in May 2014.

"It [the support] is fantastic of course, but that also gives you a lot of pressure," Van Gaal said. "The pressure is much higher than when they [the board] say it's your last game."