You're on the playground, having the time of your life when one of the big kids comes up to and starts throwing all sorts of shapes. Handbags at best, but then he/she calls you a name and you can feel the tears start to well up.
What do you do? You take the high road.
How do you take the high road? You spout out the cheesiest response imaginable. Inevitably, everyone breaks themselves laughing at how much of dweeb you are and you go back to playing imaginary chess with your imaginary friend. We've all been there, right? Just me?
Well Louis van Gaal knows that feeling.
After Paul Scholes well and truly tore into him yesterday, Van Gaal faced the media today and resorted to a childhood classic.
You have an expression, sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me. You understand the meaning of this? It has no effect, he doesn’t have the responsibility.
Not the greatest response imaginable. However, at least he recovered and threw some dirt back at the former United midfielder.
Why does he say? For the benefit of the club or himself? We play for the fans and you see the stadium is still full for the Capital One Cup. That is not normal.
Delightful. There's nothing like a childish war of words to get fans riled up for a season that has been resoundingly disappointing so far.