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Louis Van Gaal: “I thought Manchester United can buy every player”

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Louis Van Gaal has claimed that he didn’t get the players he asked for in the transfer market and that was one of the reasons of his failed stint at the Old Trafford.

Louis Van Gaal replaced David Moyes in 2014, but the Dutch manager was unceremoniously dumped in 2016 after 2 years in-charge at Manchester United.

Louis Van Gaal interview Manchester United Ed Woodward
Louis Van Gaal interview Manchester United Ed Woodward

The 67-year-old did win the FA Cup but that was obviously not enough for him to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

We have already covered the first part of this interview here and now Van Gaal claims that he wasn’t provided with the players he asked for during the transfer season:

“The problem begins with, of course, that Manchester United was never refreshed.

“I think when you are a manager you have to refresh every year to keep the team-building process going.”

“I didn’t always get the players that I want. That’s the problem.

“There is [Ed] Woodward and his right hand is [head of corporate development] Matt Judge. Judge I met once in a while but not too much. And there was the head of scouting. That was the structure but you are always dependent on Woodward and Judge.

“I thought always Manchester United can buy every player because they have a lot of power. Seemingly a few players were not reachable for Manchester United. I cannot understand but it was like that.”

louis van gaal Manchester United interview
louis van gaal Manchester United interview

Manchester United fans have consistently been critical of Ed Woodward and the way he conducts his transfer business, that’s why, there has been talks of appointing a Technical Director.

Van Gaal has also claimed that the way he was sacked as a Manchester United manager was terrible, although, he holds no grudges and only has ‘respect’ for the people he has worked with:

“The way they sacked me was terrible. But I like my time in England, because of the culture, because of the people. A lot of humour and always supporting the manager. I have respect for everybody I worked with.”

And last but not the least, Van Gaal thinks that appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a permanent Manchester United manager is a wrong decision as the Club deserves to be managed by someone with experience:

“I was very surprised he got it [the job] in spite of the winning run at the start,” said the former Ajax and Barcelona boss.

“Because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world that needs a manager with experience and not a manager who has trained at one or two teams and on a lower level.”

Credits: The Guardian

What do you think of this interview? Do you agree with his views?


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