Louis van Gaal has claimed that Manchester United haven’t told him about the imminent arrival of former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as his replacement at the end of the summer.
Speculation has been rife that Mourinho has already agreed to take charge at Old Trafford in 2016-17 but the Dutchman insists that he has a very cordial relationship with Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward not to be informed of such a huge development.
“I have not said that we have spoken, but he [Mourinho] is my friend, so there you go,” Van Gaal told The Independent.
“But I don’t know if Manchester United have spoken with Mourinho or not.
“I can only say that I have spoken with Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that they have spoken with each other. I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that.
“But I think that, if they want to change, they have to prepare themselves. That is also a professional attitude, in my opinion.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager continued: “If they are thinking that they want to replace me, they have to prepare and they have to enquire, that is what I think.
“But if it is like that, they have to say it to me. And I believe they will tell me if it is like that. I not only have a strong relationship with Ed, but also with the Glazers. I have a good feeling with the Glazers also.
“And that is why I am annoyed with all the publicity. I have been ‘sacked’ three times and now it is about negotiations starting with Jose Mourinho. The next time, it will be another [manager].”
Manchester United travel to the stadium of light to face Sunderland this weekend in the Premier League.