'Woodward is the evil genius': Van Gaal blames chief for sacking

‘In my view, Ed Woodward is the evil genius’: Louis van Gaal blames Manchester United chief rather than successor Jose Mourinho for his humiliation at being sacked HOURS after winning the FA Cup

  • Louis van Gaal has described Ed Woodward ‘the evil genius’ following his sacking
  • Manchester United’s chief executive fired the Dutchman after he won the FA Cup
  • The 2016 victory was their first piece of silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson left  
  • The coach said he did not blame his successor Jose Mourinho for his dismissal 

Louis van Gaal has described Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward as an ‘evil genius’ and holds him responsible for his sacking in 2016.

The Dutchman was fired after leading United to victory in the FA Cup final which was the first piece of silverware the club had won since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.

Van Gaal was humiliated when he learned his fate in the aftermath of the celebrations at Wembley with Jose Mourinho set to take over.

Louis van Gaal described Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward as an ‘evil genius’

The Dutchman blames Woodward for his brutal sacking after the club’s 2016 FA Cup victory 

But the 68-year-old does not blame the Portuguese manager, who he mentored during their time at Barcelona. He instead pointed the finger at Woodward. 

He told podcast Een-tweetje met Yves: ‘I blame Ed Woodward, my CEO at Manchester United, much more than Mourinho. In my view, Woodward is the evil genius.’ 

Van Gaal was the second manager to be sacked in the post-Ferguson era after David Moyes was shown the door eight months into his reign and Mourinho’s fate was no different to the Dutchman.

Mourinho lifted the Europa League and League Cup at United but was sacked in December 2018 after a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool. 

Van Gaal delivered the club’s first piece of silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure

United won 39 of the 76 Premier League games Van Gaal took charge of with 19 draws and 18 defeats.

The club qualified for the Champions League during his first season in charge after finishing fourth but missed out to rivals Manchester City on goal difference in the following season. 

Speaking to the BBC last year, Van Gaal explained that he chose the United job over Tottenham but his ire for Woodward was clear.

‘Tottenham were a better selection because Manchester United were an old team and I knew I would have to transform them,’ Van Gaal said.

‘Was it the wrong choice? Maybe, but I follow my heart. I worked at the number one team in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and now also in England.

‘They had seven players over 30. We spoke about that at the job interview. In my first year we qualified for the Champions League. In my second we won the FA Cup.

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

Jose Mourinho took over from the Dutchman but he does not blame him for his sacking




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