Manchester United are having a tough time in the transfer market this summer as all of their targets are either rejecting them or joining rival teams. The process started with Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino as they joined Liverpool. Next up was Sergio Ramos who signed a contract extension with Real Madrid. In the last few weeks, the club had targetted Nicolas Otamendi and Pedro but one joined Manchester City and the other went to Chelsea respectively.

It was speculated that club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was at fault for not able to materialise the deal. But club manager Louis van Gaal went against the common notion and claimed that he supports Woodward and has faith in him.

Speaking to the media Louis van Gaal said: “I have the idea that you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. No, never. Every day I am updated by him and I trust him.

“I don’t think they [the fans] have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many years he is the right person on the right spot.”

Van Gaal had to face questions regarding Pedro’s move to Chelsea, to which the Dutch manager diplomatically replied: “I cannot answer these questions [on Pedro], you know that I have said it before, that what we are doing is a process.

“In that process we make decisions and I think when we wanted Pedro, it was not any problem. That is because there was a clause in his contract, so it was the easiest transfer.

“You can write what you want, but we cannot say what we want, that is the difference. I have the responsibility of protecting the interests of my club and my players.

“If you ask me if Pedro is fitting the profile [of United], I cannot lie, I say yes, but I didn’t say I am interested in the player, That is the difference.

“He is fast and he is creative. That is why I understand the question [about whether he fits the profile].”

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