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After Manchester United’s 3-3 draw against Newcastle, Van Gaal did slam some of his players but he was in no mood to criticise man-of-the-match Wayne Rooney, who looked his old self and bagged a brace. During his post-match press conference, Van Gaal was visibly upset when he was asked a question about Rooney and he ended up calling The Sun’s journalist Neil Custis “fat man”.
Van Gaal walked out after he was asked a question relating to captain Wayne Rooney and before going he stopped to call Custis “fat man” and then left the room. Wayne Rooney has come under severe criticism from fans and ex-players for his below par performances for Manchester United but he has always had the support of his manager.
When a journalist asked ‘Wayne Rooney has taken a lot of criticism this season . . . ’ he interrupted the question and stood up and then said: ‘We don’t speak any more about Wayne Rooney, yeah? You have criticised him, I don’t. You.’
Just as he was about to leave Van Gaal heard some exchanges between the reporters after which he made the comment “you too, fat man,there” referring to Neil.
However, Neil Custis has hit back at the United boss by claiming that at least he admits to his own failings.Custis said he has been struggling with his weight since a knee operation four months ago.
“You are right Louis I am fat,” Custis wrote on The Sun’s website. “I had a knee operation four months ago that stopped me running and going to the gym.
“That has resulted in me putting on nearly two stone. But I am trying to get it all off by having a dry January and calm February and a personal trainer.
“At least, I can hold my hand up to my own failings. Shame others can’t.”
Van Gaal has come under increased pressure for United’s inability to win matches and score goals but he has always defended his strategy and philosophy, blaming either the media or his players. This is what Neil Custis is thought to have taken a jibe at.