Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted there is no rift with his assistant manager Ryan Giggs and reacted angrily when questioned about their working relationship.
Giggs’ lack of reaction to United’s winner at Newcastle was captured on television — while by contrast van Gaal shouted and gesticulated in celebration.
Asked about their relationship, Van Gaal answered sarcastically before saying he was irritated by the questions.
He told a news conference: “No. We have a very bad relationship. I cannot answer that. I want to have those rumours.”
He then added: I am very irritated at this question because everyone can see we have a very good relationship. We work very hard together. Not only with Ryan but with all the staff and the players. It is a way of suggesting things. I am very irritated. I take my measures against the media. I am not pleased.”
United face Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Monday — the first time since the 2005 final the two clubs have met in the competition.
Van Gaal said: “It is a game, 11 v 11 on a high level. Arsenal and Manchester United are placed third and fourth. It is nearly a final I think.”
Meanwhile Papiss Cisse has accepted an FA charge for spitting at United’s Jonny Evans and faces a possible seven-match ban.
Cisse’s prospective punishment is one game higher than the standard tariff for spitting, due to an earlier sending-off this season.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said: “Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable.”
Evans denies spitting at his opponent and has until 6pm today to answer his charge.
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