Woodward accused of ‘knowing nothing about football’ after Van de Beek disaster

Paul Ince has launched a blistering attack on Ed Woodward and accused the Manchester United chief of knowing nothing about football.

Ince believes United's recruitment has been poor and reckons executive vice-chairman Woodward is to blame.

United, who are languishing in 15th place in the Premier League table following their worst start to a domestic campaign since 1972, failed to sign Jadon Sancho in the summer and haven't given Holland star Donny Van de Beek a chance to shine, despite splashing out £40m on him.

Former United captain Ince, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the '5-A-Side Bet' on Leicester v Wolves, said: "They've spent £40m on Donny Van de Beek and they're not playing him.

"I don't know why they signed him. If you've spent £40m on a player, you put him in! Put him in the team. Van de Beek must be sat there thinking 'what have I done?'

"Recruitment at United has been really, really poor. They've always had money to buy players. If you bring players in for those big amounts and you're not playing them but the team is winning, then great.

"When you don't play them and the team isn't getting results, people will start questioning Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) about recruitment and results. Those two factors combined are going to put pressure on Ole. Recruitment and results.

"There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team. You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jiminez. Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and got Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about? Go and spend £40m on Jiminez. He's a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani, who will hardly play.

"You've got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think 'what are they looking at?' There's a lot of good players out there, top, top players. Go and get these players.

"Ole will have sat down with Ed Woodward, because Ed Woodward doesn't know about football. He's a commercial man. He's done ever so well and he's generated a lot of money for the club.

"But as far as football is concerned, he doesn't know about strikers, he doesn't know about players. That's why we've always been crying out for a Director of Football, which they still haven't got."

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To make matters worse United are continuing to fail to get the best out of record signing Paul Pogba, who gave away the penalty that cost his side a damaging 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

But Ince has told the French flop to take a good look at himself and stop being selfish.

He added: "I love Pogba. I think he's a world class player on his day and we saw that at Juventus.

"But since he's come to Manchester United it's been nothing but problems. Under Jose Mourinho, things with his agent, there's always something. His performances haven't been up to scratch, the fans have almost gone against him.

"If I was playing with him, I'd be saying 'listen, you just go out there and play. Go out there and start performing. Once you start performing like you should be performing, then you can talk about wanting to sign for Real Madrid, because at the moment you can't even get into the Man United side.'

"If I'm Paul Pogba, I'm sitting on the bench thinking 'hang on, I've got Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes all playing in midfield and I'm sat on the bench? There's got to be something wrong with me.' Manchester United is not about Paul Pogba."

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