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‘Zero understanding of football’ – Van Gaal rips into Manchester United chief, Ed Woodward

Louis van Gaal has launched a scathing attack on Ed Woodward, saying the Manchester United executive vice-chairman has ‘zero understanding of football’.

The Dutchman said that Manchester United‘s structure is a stark contrast to another of his former sides, Bayern Munich, believing the ‘commercially-driven’ nature of Woodward is hindering the club’s chances of success.

“At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that,” told German magazine 11 Freunde.

“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.

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

Van Gaal was sacked by United after two years in charge in 2016, despite leading the club to FA Cup success, however, the 67-year-old says he does not hold any grudges against the Old Trafford outfit after being replaced by Jose Mourinho just days after winning the FA Cup.

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

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