Man United boss Louis Van Gaal has defended chief executive Ed Woodward amid growing criticism of his transfer dealings.
Van Gaal reiterated that he has complete faith in Woodward, and is confident that if the club have the opportunity to sign targets before the transfer window closes, then he will deliver.
United were reportedly interested in both Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi this summer, but they watched on this week as they signed for Chelsea and Man City respectively.
Naturally, that resulted in a backlash from fans who believed that the club didn’t do enough to convince the duo to sign for them, but Van Gaal was unmoved in his faith in Woodward.
“You can write what you want, but we can’t say what we want. That’s the difference,” he said in his press conference.
“I have the responsibility of protecting the interests of the club, of my players and I can’t say too much. When you ask me about Pedro, is he fitting in the profile? Yes, I can not lie. But I don’t say I’m interested in the player. That’s the difference.
“I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never, because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.”
In what was undoubtedly a tense discussion with reporters, the Dutchman was keen to set the record straight and dismissed the notion that there were problems behind the scenes.
However, that doesn’t escape from the fact that they arguably still need reinforcements before the end of the month to sustain a title push this season.
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