By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal has denied “horrible” and “awful” reports that he offered to resign as Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman also revealed that he retains the full support of the United board, led by the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Van Gaal has come under increasing pressure at Old Trafford following last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.
Some reports went as far as suggesting Van Gaal had offered to quit as manager but, speaking ahead of Friday night’s FA Cup tie with Derby, the United boss insisted the claims were simply not true.
“I think I don’t have mentioned that ever,” said Van Gaal, at his media briefing on Thursday afternoon. “You make your own stories. Then I have to answer. I am not doing that. It is awful and horrible but you can write.
“It is the third time I am sacked and I am still sitting here. I am obliged to do that (attend press conferences). A lot of people ask in a disrespectful way. I have always faith.
“When you lose it is worse. I predicted before Southampton. Now I cannot lose any more because then for the fourth time I have been sacked. Then it might be the truth.”
Van Gaal revealed he has the continued backing of club chiefs although he admitted it is a double-edged sword.
“It’s fantastic of course, but also that gives you a lot of pressure, because when the board has such confidence in you, then the pressure is much higher than when they say it’s your last game or something like that,” explained the Dutchman. “When your confidence is not so high, you can fight against it, but I always fight. I am always fighting.
“When you fight, you have a bigger motivation than when they support you.”