Louis Van Gaal has claimed Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward knows “zero” about football. Former United manager Van Gaal has blamed Woodward for the majority of the club’s problems since the Dutchman was given the boot in 2016 after two years in charge at Old Trafford.
The 67-year-old, who has also had spells in charge of Ajax, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Holland, says appointing a CEO with “zero” football knowledge was only going to cause problems for the Red Devils. He told German magazine 11 Freunde: “At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that.
“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. I don’t hold it against the club. They wanted [Jose] Mourinho and he was on the market.”