Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says an FA Cup defeat at Derby on Friday could get him sacked – for the fourth time this season.

In a swipe at the media, he claimed journalists had “sacked” him three times already this season and would do so again if United lose at Derby.

“Maybe then you have written the truth,” said the 64-year-old. “It is the third time I am sacked (by the media) and I am still sitting here.”

Van Gaal praised the “fantastic” support of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward but said it brought “more pressure” to “fulfil the expectations that they have of you”.