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28 Feb 2018 12:46:48
Quotes from Van Gaal this morning:
Despite being sacked by Bayern, Van Gaal said he still had an affection for the club, which he said was different to Manchester United.

"Of course I do, " he said when asked if he still loved Bayern. "Manchester United who I last coached is a commercial club. Totally different to Bayern. The bosses, former players like Karl Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness are former players who know what they are talking about.

"Football is the most important thing, not money like it is now at United. That's why I love Bayern. "

What do you make of LVG's critique? He did say like it is NOW at United, meaning that it was not always that way. Sad to say, but there is some truth in his words.

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28 Feb 2018 14:02:42
He is just very bitter. Got sacked for playing the worst brand of football the premier league has ever witnessed. Even teams that fight for relegation play a more attractive style. But there is an element of truth to it. Since sir alex has left we have foundered on the pitch whilst dwarfing everybody commercially off it. But that’s why we have Jose as manager. Style isn’t great but he will get us back challenging. So we are making the necessary strides and acting like a football club again instead of a commercial cash cow.

28 Feb 2018 14:31:11
He's right, and its a big shame. Hopefully one day it will be back to the game rather than the money.

28 Feb 2018 15:41:20
LVG has made a lot of money out of the money that's been flowing into the game: I find the whining a bit rich coming from that bag of sour grapes, even if there's some truth to the observation.

Teams like Man City, PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid and, yes, Bayern Munich all use their superior financial situations to their advantage. Purity is fine and dandy when there's hardly any competition in your country.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, I think he was meaning that Bayern are run by football people, whereas Man Utd are run by The Equaliser who is a merchant banker. He wasn't disputing that both clubs are rich, just talking about how the clubs make their decisions and which side of the club has priority. At Bayern it is the football side first, at United it is the commercial side first. Nothing to do with lack of competition and everything to do with them actually remembering that it is a competition first and foremost on the pitch.}

28 Feb 2018 16:46:38
I'm sure hoeness said something along the lines that lvg was anti football or the worse brand of football at Bayer .

So at least lvg is consistent no matter how a club is run.

28 Feb 2018 17:03:56
Agree with Ed. Bayern is run by footballing people. United haven't been for a long long time. Gill wasn't a football person but listened to Ferguson. Woodward is great at the commercial side but lacks on the football side. Which is why we need a director of football.

28 Feb 2018 17:32:04
As terrible as van Possesshion was here, he is right about the distinction between Bayern and United. United is run for profit first, and football second. The most obvious example was the signing of Di Maria: wasn’t the manager’s choice, player had no interest in playing for us, but he’s a big name and Woodderp thought he would improve the brand.

Still doesn’t excuse the dross served up under his watch.

28 Feb 2018 18:03:56
I heard that Van Gaal wanted to use his own agent (s) for players brought in. Probably had some involvement with Blind and schweinsteiger whilst Brian Mcclair was getting involved from a different camp. One of the ed's would know more / be able to clarify I would have thought.

28 Feb 2018 18:07:37
Who cares what Van Gaal thinks about anything, especially football?

28 Feb 2018 18:44:59
It's easy to take the high ground from a position of uncontestable strength, when you're the only team likely to win your league. And if any other team look like upsetting the applecart, they can always buy their best players, putting them right back to square one again. I get the gist of the argument, but Bayern always seem to take a holier than thou attitude to the way they do business.

{Ed001's Note - much as I hate to take Bayern's side, but I think it is only fair to give their side. They also, when Hertha Berlin were about to fold, bought their half of the stadium off them and gave them rent-free usage too. They are not all bad.}

28 Feb 2018 22:18:20
Van who? Oh yea, that insignificant dinosaur.

01 Mar 2018 01:39:32
Didn't know that ed. Thanks for Sharing. They also keep ticket prices down for the common fan, rather than bleeding fans dry and inflating wages and fees. Nice beer too.

28 Feb 2018 21:59:14
Don't disagree Ed about Bayern being run by footballing people, nor that the regime at United is primarily interested in money. But then it seems we don't have much of a choice really, what with the debt the Glazers incurred to buy the club and the success we now must achieve every year in the most competitive league in Europe in order to retain our sponsorship deals. LVG may be right, but the dross served up under his managership was't exactly football either, at least not the type one would want to watch. So it's not the message that rankles, but the messenger.

{Ed001's Note - I agree, and I really hated to agree with him, but I got the impression everyone was only going to hate on him.}







 

 

 
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