Louis van Gaal reveals Ed Woodward would give him wine as a reward for beating Liverpool

by Harry Robinson

Louis van Gaal has revealed how Ed Woodward motivated him to beat Liverpool while the Dutchman was Manchester United manager.

The former-Man United boss was in attendance at Anfield as the Reds drew 0-0 with Liverpool under Jose Mourinho.

As a pundit on Dutch television, van Gaal revealed Woodward would offer him wine as a reward for beating Liverpool.

“Our CEO Ed Woodward promised me six bottles of Ribeiro red wine every time I would beat Liverpool,” van Gaal said.

“Well, I won four times, so I had a lot of those bottles.”

Van Gaal started at United with an excellent record against Liverpool.

His first few matches against United’s main rivals were all wins, starting off in the December 2014, United comfortably 3-0 to get revenge having been beaten by the same scoreline the season.

Juan Mata’s scissor kick at Anfield later that season was something special in a fantastic 2-1 victory.

The same can be said for the 3-1 win where Anthony Martial made an incredible debut having signed a few days before in September 2015. A 1-0 win at Anfield with a smash and grab winner from Wayne Rooney followed that season.

Defeats in the UEFA Europa League were disappointing, but van Gaal left the club with a great record against Liverpool.

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