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Van Gaal slams Ed Woodward

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The former Manchester United manager believes the team’s chief executive doesn’t understand the world of football.

Louis van Gaal managed English Premier League side Manchester United from 2014 to 2016.

And even after winning the 2015-2016 FA Cup, he was sacked after failing to qualify to the UEFA Champions League.

But the Dutchman believes this is all the fault of chief executive Ed Woodward, who doesn’t understand football.

“At Bayern Munich, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that” Van Gaal was quoted by Sky Sports.

“At Manchester United, on the other hand, Ed Woodward was installed as CEO – somebody with zero understanding of football who was previously an investment banker.”

He explained: “It cannot be a good thing when a club is run solely from a commercially-driven perspective.”

“I don’t hold it against the club. They wanted Jose Mourinho and he was on the market.”

“Appointing him was obviously interesting from a business point of view,” he said.

“He wins games and for a club like United, the main thing is to win trophies.”

“How they are won isn’t the main priority, the English fans see it differently,” he commented.

“They accept that the game is not all about attacking but it is also about defending.”

“I always tried to defend high up the pitch, to be in the opposition’s half and play the game there,” van Gaal concluded.