Following reports which stated that he offered to resign from his club after his side’s 1-0 home loss to Southampton, Manchester United manager, Van Gaal, has dismissed the claims, insisting that he will never quit his role.
The Dutchman labeled the stories suggesting he had to be persuaded to stay as “awful” and “horrible” and further reiterated his desire to continue at Old Trafford.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the 64-year old said: Everybody knows I have signed a three-year contract, and I have said in all my press conferences that is not one game, it is a process. I want to continue until the end.”
Asked about the claims he offered to walk away from the job, Van Gaal told reporters: “I have not mentioned that, ever. I am always fighting.”
Despite recent setbacks, the former Netherland and Barcelona boss is confident he has the backing of the club’s board but concedes that there is extra pressure on him to deliver.
He said: “Of course I am very happy with the support of (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward and the Glazers (owners) but it gives you also more pressure.
“It is the same thing I have more pressure because the fans believe in me, or maybe had, believed in me. That is possible.
“That gives more pressure to you because you will (need to) fulfil the expectations that they have of you.”
Asked if he can achieve that, Van Gaal said: “Of course. We are halfway. But now I am more dependent on belief than facts, because the facts are we are not in the first four of the Premier League, and that the gap is bigger. The belief is not so easy to believe.”
With United already out of the Champions League and the League Cup, and sitting fifth in the Premier League, they travel to Championship side Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.
Van Gaal insisted that he cannot afford a defeat at the iPro Stadium, adding that it would be the fourth time he would be sacked.
He said: “When you lose it is more worse and I predicted already, before the game against Southampton, that I cannot lose any more because I am then condemned for the fourth time that I have been sacked. Maybe then you have written the truth, because sometimes it happens.”