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Louis van Gaal set for showdown with Ed Woodward

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set for a showdown with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

This has been claimed by Daily Mail journalist Rob Shepherd, who tweeted the news earlier today. 

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Nightmare start 

Manchester United, of course, got off to the worst possible start this past weekend as they lost to Swansea City at Old Trafford. The Red Devils couldn't take their fine form of pre-season into the clash with the Swans, and ultimately went down by two goals to one. 

Unsurprisingly, then, many United fans were left frustrated, and many have been left wondering why the club haven't purchased more player's in this summer's transfer window. Up till now, United have only secured the services of teenage full-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. 

And, whilst two players have only arrived, the Red Devils have lost a number of first team stars from previous years. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra have all departed Old Trafford, whilst Ryan Giggs retired at the close of the 2013/14 season. So, then, after one game it appears that the new United boss is set for showdown talks with the club's executive vice-chairman...

This is a worry 

This news, however, will be a major concern for fans of the club. Surely Van Gaal and Woodward can't be holding showdown talks after just one game...it's madness. 

What could this showdown even be about? Many will assume transfers...

If the pair are coming together, then perhaps they will be discussing transfers. United's new Dutch coach can't be happy with how the transfer window has progressed. In truth, it hasn't - Woodward looked to be at the top of his game as he landed Herrera and Shaw in the space of two days at the end of June. 

Since then, however, Woodward has failed to bring any more recruits to Old Trafford. And, on Saturday, the squad Van Gaal inherited from David Moyes/ Sir Alex Ferguson was found out. 

But, surely a meeting should have taken place weeks ago. Perhaps United's fine pre-season form really did paper over the cracks, and even Woodward and Van Gaal thought the squad was better than it is...

United fans will certainly be hoping that the Van Gaal - Woodward meeting doesn't end in a similar fashion the one that took place between Tony Pulis and Steve Parish. But, there's no doubt about, something isn't right at Old Trafford. 

Surely players are tempted to come and play their football at Manchester United under the guidance of Louis van Gaal. And surely Van Gaal has been in the game long enough to know that he needed more than just Shaw and Herrera before this past weekend's big kick-off.

Whatever this so called showdown meeting is about, United fans better hope that something positive comes of it. 

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