Louis Van Gaal called a journalist fat and this was his innovative response

The journalist wants LVG to get some points on the board while he works on getting in shape

Louis Van Gaal called a journalist fat and this was his innovative response

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Manchester United boss has been invited to take part in a 'Pounds v Points' race with a journalist who Van Gaal labelled as fat at a press conference earlier this week.

Van Gaal received a heavy amount (pun intended) of criticism this week, when he accused sports journalist Neil Custis of being a ''fat man'' when responding to critical statements that he made about striker Wayne Rooney. 

In an unusual move however, The Sun reporter has elected to channel LVG's statements into something positive by issuing a unique 'Pounds v Points' challenge.

The concept of the challenge requires LVG and Manchester United to gain as many points as possible before the end of the season while Custis will strive to lose the same amount of pounds and get into shape.

Custis has decided on a target of 28 for both participants. He has to lose 28Ibs which is the number of points Manchester United must gain from Premier League matches. The person who reaches the target, is declared the winner and will recieve £1,000 from a betting company to donate to a charity of their choice.

The United manager has not formally accepted the challenge yet.

But with only one win attained in their last six Premier League outings, Man United must win today against Liverpool if Van Gaal wants to have any realistic hope of securing the £1,000 purse.