By Alex Stevens

The journalist called a “fat man” by Louis van Gaal has hit back at the Manchester United manager by claiming that at least he admits to his own failings.

Sun reporter Neil Custis was singled out by Van Gaal in the wake of United’s 3-3 thriller at Newcastle on Tuesday night.

After growing sick of questions at his post-match media conference about Wayne Rooney, the United manager said: “We don’t speak anymore about Rooney. You have criticised him. I don’t.”

Van Gaal walked out of his post-match briefing before he stopped, turned around, pointed at Custis and dished out the insult, “you too, fat man” before departing the room.

Custis has hit back at the taunt by saying he has been struggling with his weight since a knee operation four months ago.

“You are right Louis I am fat,” Custis wrote on the Sun website. “I had a knee operation four months ago that stopped me running and going to the gym.

“That has resulted in me putting on nearly two stone. But I am trying to get it all off by having a dry January and calm February and a personal trainer.

“At least I can hold my hand up to my own failings. Shame others can’t.”

It was Van Gaal’s latest clash with the media as he grows increasingly frustrated with the criticism directed at him and his team this season.

United produced arguably their most complete attacking performance of the campaign at St James’ Park, with Wayne Rooney collecting the man-of-the-match award for his two goals in what was an outstanding individual display.