Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal claims he has been sacked ‘three times’ by the media who always ‘make up’ stories about his Old Trafford future.

However, the 64-year-old Dutchman has stated he will ‘continue fighting’ till the end especially now that he has the backing of the club’s board following last weekend’s embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League.

“It’s your duty as a manager and a player to stand up again and do what you do because that is a professional attitude,” Van Gaal said ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Derby County.

“It is always like that when you lose a game, certainly in the last minute, that you are fed up. How we have played (against Southampton) is not always the main issue because you can play badly and win.

“When that happens, you are not so fed up. But we have played very well and lost, like Chelsea away last season, so when that happens you are more fed up than ever.”

When asked if he had offered his resignation to United chief Ed Woodward, Van Gaal replied angrily: “I have not mentioned that, ever.

“I think you (the media) make your own stories and I have to answer to them. It is awful and horrible. It is the third time I am sacked and I am still sitting here.

“(Woodward’s support) is fantastic of course, but that also gives you a lot of pressure. When the board has such confidence, the pressure is much higher than when they say it is the last game.

“When your confidence is not so high, you can fight against it. I am always fighting.”

Van Gaal will be looking to return United to winning ways when United face Derby at the iPro Stadium on Friday night.

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