Van Gaal reveals the reason Woodward gave for replacing him with Mourinho

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Louis van Gaal is not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed Manchester United's style since taking over from Jose Mourinho, and believes he is guilty of "parking the bus" just like his predecessor.

The Norwegian has won 10 times in 13 Premier League games to put United back in the hunt for a top four finish, while leading them to the Champions League quarter-finals after a stunning victory over Paris Saint Germain. "Why was it boring?" said Van Gaal.

Speaking about the decision, van Gaal said: "Tottenham were a better selection because Manchester United were an old team and I knew I would have to transform them".

However, the former Molde man has also shored up United's defence with supporters not as nervous as they were before when teams attacked them.

Alderweireld could become a renewed target this summer due to a clause in his Spurs contract which allows him to leave for a knock-down £25 million prior to the final two weeks of the transfer window, but United have little desire to invest huge sums on players approaching the final years of their careers. People think it's all about money, but you speak to players at elite level. But perhaps it was also an indication that Manchester United, the club that Ferguson built from ground up in his 26-year stint as the manager, where he seemed to have a touch in even the smallest aspects in and around the club, needed to change.

"So if Manchester United miss out on Champions League football, it becomes hard for them to attract players".

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The Prime Minister will also attend the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It also set them firmly against a peace plan Washington says it will present after the Israeli ballot.

"What I don't like is (Ed) Woodward contacting my successor (Mourinho), knowing in his mind he will replace me and he keeps his mouth shut for six months", he added.

"Pochettino over the next five years, I don't think, will actually go away from the speculation of Man United".

Mourinho's dismissal came after United collected just 26 points from their first 17 games, while the Portuguese's brand of football was widely criticised. What does that do to the authority of the coach?

The Red Devils stuttered before the global break when losing to Arsenal 2-0 in the Premier League, before Wolves knocked them out of the FA Cup by winning 2-1 at Molineux.

"I spoke to Woodward the day after that game".

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