Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal talks will not be face to face – report

by Ben Topliss

Any talks between Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal today will not be face to face as the former is not due in Manchester, according to The Times’ James Ducker.

Reports this week suggested van Gaal offered to resign as manager of Manchester United following the 1-0 defeat against Southampton last weekend.

Woodward is said to have talked the Dutchman out of it before telling him that the pair would talk on Tuesday after van Gaal consulted with his family. However, Ducker insisted that Woodward will not be in Manchester today:

Something is quite clearly going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford but the exact details are unknown.

They are unlikely to ever be known, even if United provide a definitive answer to the uncertainty surrounding van Gaal’s position one way or the other, although that is fanciful considering the shambolic way the club has been run in the past few months.

Giving one man, Woodward, the power he has is ludicrous. Van Gaal is, rightly, under pressure at Old Trafford but Woodward should also be under the microscope. It can be argued that he has contributed to United’s failings equally if not more so than van Gaal.

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