Man Utd news: Louis van Gaal reveals the secret Ed Woodward knew about him

Manchester United chief Woodward turned to Van Gaal in the summer of 2014, choosing to make the Dutchman his replacement for David Moyes.

Moyes had paid the price for a shocking season at Old Trafford, where he oversaw their fall from Premier League champions to seventh in the table.

Van Gaal divided opinions during his time at Manchester United.

The football was, for the most part, lacklustre. Memorable wins over Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal could not mask the fact that United were unlike their usual selves during his time in charge.

But Van Gaal did win a trophy in the form of the 2016 FA Cup.

Shortly after that triumph, however, reports surfaced saying he would be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

And Mourinho, within a matter of weeks, was installed as manager.

Van Gaal has now spoken about the incident and slammed Woodward, claiming the United chief KNEW the job would be his last.

“The Glazers [the club’s owners] and Ed Woodward [executive vice-chairman] asked me,” he told BBC Sport.

“That is why I am still angry with the way they chose to do it.

“Ed Woodward knew Manchester United would be my last club.”

Van Gaal also had his say on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying: “People think we have only had fake news since Donald Trump became president.

“In football we have had it for 50 years.

“The coach after me [Mourinho] changed to park-the-bus tactics and played on the counter. Now there is another coach who parks the bus and plays on the counter.

“The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning.

“I am not there but there does look to be a change and the atmosphere seems to be better. It is also true that Solskjaer has changed Paul Pogba’s position and put him into an area where he is much more important.

“But the way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played.

“It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it. If you think it is more exciting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth.

“Solskjaer has just lost twice and he has to manage that.

“It is very important that Manchester United qualifies for the Champions League, as it was when I was manager.


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