Former Man United Manager Hits Out at Ed Woodward, Warns Van Gaal
David Moyes has taken a dig at Ed Woodward, questioning the knowledge of United chief, during an appearance on Goals on Sunday.
The Red Devils appointed Everton boss David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor in the summer of 2013, and executive vice-chairman Woodward became the main man at Old Trafford at the same time, when David Gill stepped down as chief executive.
Speaking about his time at Manchester United, Moyes hinted towards Woodward having a lack of football knowledge.
“There was a new chief executive in place. David Gill had left which was a real big thing for Manchester United,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
“He was someone who was very important to the club and to how things ticked along at the club.”
He added: “I think you need to understand football totally to know. I think David Gill was someone who understands everything.
“And I think him and Sir Alex Ferguson had such a good relationship together that it really helped that club work.”
David Moyes has admitted that he still believes he was the right man for the Manchester United job, and that he should have been given more time to restructure the squad in his own image, following Ferguson’s 26-year tenure as United manager.
“The reason I lost my job at Manchester United was that I didn’t win enough games,” Moyes told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme.
“But I think I was unfairly treated that you don’t get the time to do the job. I think if I knew I was only going to have 10 months and not six years I might not have taken my time.
“There was never any rush to do anything because I had six years to do the job. It was going to take a little bit of time to change things around. There was rebuilding to be done.
“I was fortunate to take over the champions from Sir Alex Ferguson but I think that team had probably had its journey and was going to need change.
“‘I was fortunate to take over the champions, but when you are given six years you expect to be given that.”
Former United boss was convinced Cesc Fabregas would join Manchester United in 2013.
The Spanish international was linked with a return to the Premier League during the summer of 2013.
Manchester United had a number of bids rejected by Fabregas who was identified by Moyes as the creative midfielder to build his team.
“We thought we were taking him to Manchester United,” Moyes told Goals on Sunday.
“We spoke to him at the time, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
“Manchester United are always in for the top players, we were in for the top players at the time. They were in for the top players recently and they will be in for them again.”
“They are a club of status and want to be at that level, if not more. They want to be winning it if they can, never mind qualifying for it. That’s what happens at Manchester United. It’s that level.
“There’s so much media attention on Louis van Gaal just now. When I lost my job, he was lauded by everybody in football – by you people, the media and everybody else. Now many of you are the ones saying he should lose his job.
“If you go to Manchester United, that’s what you get. You get an awful lot of media attention. But I still believe I was the right person to take the job.”