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OPINION: Ed Woodward is the main cause, and some might say the sole cause of Man United’s problems

Since his premature departure from Manchester United in 2016, Louis Van Gaal has never hidden his frustration at being replaced by Jose Mourinho, and now he's broken his silence and aimed a scathing attack at Ed Woodward.

Since his premature departure from Manchester United in 2016, Louis Van Gaal has never hidden his frustration at being replaced by Jose Mourinho, and now he’s broken his silence and aimed a scathing attack at Ed Woodward.

Woodward has come in for some criticism again this season after Manchester United’s dreadful campaign, and the 67-year-old Van Gaal hasn’t held back on his attack.

Van Gaal has blamed United’s chief executive for United’s problems and says ‘he simply isn’t up for the job’. Van Gaal holds the managerial experience and as managed clubs including Ajax, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and the Netherlands international team.

The Dutchman has recently 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.”

As a Manchester United myself, I fully agree with what Louis Van Gaal as said. In my honest opinion, Ed Woodward is the main cause, and some might say the sole cause of Manchester United’s problems.

The manager has no input in recruiting players while Ed Woodward is in charge of that, he likes to be in control, and he’s running the football club like a business which is ruining the club. Just like Van Gaal said, it can’t be a good thing when a club is run solely from a commercially driven perspective.

The club needs a rebuild and in my opinion, that starts by getting rid of the investment banker Ed Woodward and, replacing him with someone who is a football person. But sadly I can’t see that happening while the Glaziers are at the helm.

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