Manchester United Boss Louis Van Gaal Calls Journalist ‘Fat Man’ In Press Conference


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal called a journalist 'fat' after his Newcastle press conference

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been involved in another angry bust-up after snapping and calling a journalist a ‘fat man’ following a question about Wayne Rooney.

The Dutchman refused to talk about his Manchester United captain who had scored twice in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Newcastle, then walked out of his post-match press conference. However, before leaving the room a visibly irate Van Gaal turned around, pointed at Sun reporter Neil Custis and delivered his insult. More after the cut…

When it was put to Van Gaal, ‘Wayne Rooney has taken a lot of criticism this season . . . ’ he interrupted the question and stood up before saying: ‘We don’t speak any more about Wayne Rooney, yeah? You have criticised him, I don’t. You.’

Reporter Neil Custis, who was the subject of the insult, appears on Sky's Sunday Supplement in April last year

Van Gaal then overheard an exchange between reporters and returned to the press room, adding, ‘You too, fat man, there,’ pointing at the journalist and suggesting he was among those who had been critical of Rooney.

On Thursday Custis spoke about a recent knee operation which had led to him gaining weight.

Van Gaal made the remark after refusing to discuss criticism of his captain and striker, Wayne Rooney

He said: ‘You are right Louis I am fat. 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.’