The move of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea is not going down well with Red Devils fans. There are speculations amongst fans that LVG and his cohort Ed Woodward might lack the nitty gritty of transfer market.
Prior to the move that saw the former Barcelona player seal the deal with Chelsea, Van Gaal had hinted on Pedro being the kind of player he wants at Old Trafford, but his recent remark when questioned by pressmen contradicted the Dutchman’s plans at Manchester United.
With fans asking the competence of United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, due to his failure to get the deal over the line, the United manager maintains he has faith in his ability to bring the best players to Old Trafford, and hence they have a great relationship.
“I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never,” the United boss said in a spiky press conference.
“Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.”
Van Gaal added: “I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.”
United were aware for some time that Pedro wanted to leave Barcelona after becoming frustrated by a lack of first-team football.
It was reported that Woodward flew into Barcelona on Monday in an attempt to finalise a deal for the 28-year-old, who had a buy-out clause of 30 million euros (£21.4million) written into his contract.
But three days later, the World Cup winner signed for Chelsea.
At a press conference last week, Van Gaal said Pedro fitted the profile of the kind of quick and creative player he wanted, but when asked about the forward this week, the Dutchman refused to divulge the reason why he had not signed the Canary Islander.
“I cannot answer these questions,” Van Gaal said before launching a tirade at the media.
“When you ask me, ‘Is Pedro fitting the profile?’, I cannot lie, I said ‘Yes’. But I do not say that I’m interested in the player. That is the difference. But you say I’m interested. No, I answered the question. It’s different.
“What is written in the newspapers is not true, you cannot know it. Only the players know it and the clubs know it.”
There is another speculation that Manchester United seem to be interested in Brazilian star player, Neymar and Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale. The reality of this speculation can only be ascertained on which jersey this players will be wearing at the end off the transfer season, hence like LVG pointed out, we might be making the wrong speculations.