Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accused journalists of ‘inventing’ reports suggesting Jose Mourinho has held talks with the Old Trafford hierarchy.
The Dutchman’s position has been the subject of intense scrutiny in previous months after allowing the Red Devils to fall six points adrift of the Premier League top four.
Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, is believed by the Independent to be ‘confident’ of replacing Van Gaal at the end of the season but no deal has been agreed yet.
Speaking after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea, the Dutchman asked a reporter: “You've spoken with [chief executive] Ed Woodward?
“Why does the club have to deny it, when you are creating stories?
“OK. So you didn't speak to Ed Woodward, not with the Glazers [owners] and you are inventing a story. And then I have to answer this question. I don't answer this question. And I shall repeat myself every week.
“Now I have to say that you [a reporter] are getting the sack tomorrow. What is your name? Then I can announce your name also.”
Meanwhile Mourinho, conducting his first batch of interviews since leaving Stamford Bridge, has hinted he would like to remain in England.
“At this moment I don't know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But as a family, our home will be in London,” he told the Mail.
“No, I am not enjoying it [not working]. I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football.
“I can have everything together and I don't need to give up on one of them.
“To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it's my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000.”
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