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Man U is a commercial, not football club, says Van Gaal

United not a football club, Van Gaal

Van Gaal: Ferguson also had problems with the United structure

Louis Van Gaal, former Manchester United manager has questioned the footballing structure at his former club.

Aftermath the retirement of CEO David Gill, Ed Woodward, who the previous year was named United’s executive vice-chairman was promoted to the top operational role at Old Trafford.

Woodward, thus, appointed Matt Judge, who has a masters’ degree in economics and finance and 13 years’ experience in investment banking, as his right man to oversee negotiating fees and contracts.

However, most of the transfer dealings of the duo since 2013 have been highly criticised, with many believing that going forward Man United’s success football wise could hit a brick wall.

Recently, there have been calls for a position of director of football Old Trafford, and according to Louis Van Gaal, is erstwhile club is a commercial not football club.

The former Ajax manager told BBC: “At the moment there is a structure with a scouting division and above that is someone at Woodward’s right hand.

“The structure is not so bad but the right hand has to be a technical director with a football view, not somebody with a banker’s role

“Unfortunately, we are talking about a commercial club, not a football club. I spoke to Ferguson about this and in his last years, he also had problems with it.”

Reasons for my dismissal not genuine, Van Gaal

United still park the bus under Solksjaer, says Van Gaal
United still park the bus under Solksjaer, says Van Gaal (Image via Telegraph)

Three years after Van Gaal has been ditched to have Mourinho (sacked last December), take over at the United, the former AZ Alkmaar, Ajax, Feyenord, Bayern Munich, Barcelona manager amongst others remains embittered over the manner of his dismissal.

He explained: “I can imagine Woodward chooses Mourinho. He is a top coach. He has won a lot of titles. More than me.

“What I don’t like is Woodward contacting my successor, knowing in his mind he will replace me and he keeps his mouth shut for six months. Every Friday I had to go into press conferences and be asked what I thought about the rumours. What does that do to the authority of the coach?

“To win the FA Cup when, for six months, the media has a noose round my neck, is my biggest achievement.

“I spoke to Woodward the day after that game. His argument was that I was only going to be there for one more year and Mourinho would be there for three, four or five.

“I appreciate he hired a private plane to get me back to Portugal but his arguments were not good enough.”

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