Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has branded the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward an ‘evil genius’ after he blamed him for his sacking from Old Trafford.
The outspoken Dutchman doesn’t hold back whenever he talks about his time at United, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s hit out again at Woodward for letting him down after winning the FA Cup.
Rather than holding José Mourinho anyway responsible, Van Gaal singles out Woodward this time for criticism.
“I blame Ed Woodward, my CEO at Manchester United, much more than Mourinho,” he told Een-tweetje met Yves podcast, as translated by the Mirror.
“In my view, Woodward is the evil genius.”
Woodward is still heavily criticised by United’s fans for failings on the pitch. United have not challenged for a league title since 2013, when we won it last under Sir Alex Ferguson which is a long time for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
But the club’s reputation since the turn of the year has improved. Results are picking up on the pitch and United have been very good in their approach throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s signings also reflect well on the club and it gives the board reason to back the current manager — rather than dealing with constant negative press speculating over the manager getting the axe.
Whether or not Solskjaer can get United back to the top, our minds have not changed on United needing a well-respected director of football.
Woodward should not be making football decisions at a club like United. Van Gaal would agree.