Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal stood firm as rumours that he was about to be sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho intensified.
Reports have claimed the Dutchman will leave United in the coming days with Mourinho taking over, but Van Gaal has had to contend with similar speculation for much of the season and he remained defiant as the media put questions to him after his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to win the FA Cup Final.
Van Gaal placed the trophy on the desk in front of him and highlighted his success before hitting out at the media for prematurely writing about his demise.
The Dutchman said: “I show you the cup and I don’t discuss it (my future) with my friends of the media, who already sacked me for six months. Which manager can do what I have done?”
It was then put to Van Gaal that the club have not put a stop to such rumours.
Van Gaal responded by asking his inquisitor, “You have followed the board?” before attempts were made by his press officer to change the subject to the game.
Asked if the victory could be the perfect send-off, Van Gaal said: “I don’t want to talk about leaving the club.”
Nobody else from United has commented on the matter.