Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reacted angrily to questions over the future of midfielder Ander Herrera.
United paid £29m to bring Herrera to Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao in the summer and he has scored three goals in 14 appearances for the club.
However, the 25-year-old has not started a game since December 2, leading to speculation about his standing at the club.
Three weeks ago it was (Radamel) Falcao. Next week it will be about (another) player who is not playing. It is unbelievable.
But Van Gaal was not impressed with that line of questioning, criticising the media’s insistence on focusing on players who are not in the team.
“You are always asking about the player who is not playing,” he said.
“Three weeks ago it was (Radamel) Falcao. Next week it will be about another player who is not playing. It is unbelievable.
“I can only line up 11 players.”
When Herrera’s £29m price tag was mentioned, Van Gaal insisted that should not be an issue in whether he plays or not.
“It is not so interesting that you talk about the pounds (fee paid),” he added.
“Paddy McNair is also important and he cost nothing, so I do not agree.
“I am not discussing this (the omission of Herrera) with you.”