Louis van Gaal believes the constant speculation over his future at Manchester United is unfair compared to other managers in the Premier League.
The Dutchman’s position was brought into question again following last weekend’s defeat at Tottenham and reports that senior players are disillusioned with his approach.
Wednesday’s FA Cup win over West Ham has kept alive hopes of lifting a trophy this season, but whether that would be enough to enable Van Gaal to see out the final year of his contract is uncertain.
United chief Ed Woodward has stayed silent while the speculation over the manager has continued since Christmas, and Van Gaal believes that he suffers more than his counterparts.
“I read only about my position in the media, not the position of other managers, and I don’t agree with that,” he said ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Aston Villa.
“I don’t discuss that (my future) with you. You can ask every time the same questions, what is happening with me, but I don’t discuss that. The media is writing that (I will be sacked) so it’s your problem not my problem.”
United’s inconsistent form has been the root of the problem, with Van Gaal’s side unable to put together a consistent run, and he admits that it has been frustrating for the him as well as the fans.
“We try to do that,” he added. “Consistency is very important, of course. Also the players, but also the manager and his staff have been frustrated because we were not consistent this season.”