Robbie Savage comments on Louis van Gaal's press conference

The Manchester United manager hosted an extraordinary press briefing on Wednesday.

Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has said that if Manchester United's performances on the pitch were as dramatic as his press conference yesterday, then he would not be fighting to save his job.

Van Gaal's position has come under scrutiny following a poor run of results which has seen them knocked out of the Champions League, the League Cup, and slip from first in the Premier League to outside the top four - with the patience of many fans appearing to wear thin.

With Jose Mourinho recently sacked by Chelsea, rumours have intensified suggesting the Portuguese coach could be in line to succeed van Gaal at Old Trafford if things do not improve.

Savage wrote in the Daily Mirror: "Instead of asking for an apology from the media over rumours - which started on Twitter, not in the papers - that you had been sacked on Tuesday, how about apologising for your dreary football, Louis? It's all very well pointing out that United were top of the Premier League four weeks ago. But today they are nine points off the pace in the title race.

"Four weeks ago, they were still in the Champions League, too - but in 2016 they will be playing on Thursday nights in Europe. It is unfortunate that Van Gaal found himself batting away false rumours about his sacking and fielding anxious calls from his wife, children and friends."

Van Gaal basically called on the media to apologise for the coverage surrounding his position at the club in recent days, and made clear he was unhappy with the line: “Do you think that I want to talk with the media now? I’m here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context."

Unless van Gaal starts to turn things around with wins against Stoke City and Chelsea during the festive period, then the pressure is only going to intensify, and the media is certainly not on his side after his outburst earlier this week.

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