Earlier this week, Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer was critical of Manchester United’s approach under Louis van Gaal. He said the company had sold even more shirts than they had hoped for, but “the current playing style of Man United is not exactly what we want to see.” Hainer has been criticised in the media for voicing this opinion, but Van Gaal has explained where this may have come from.

As well as Adidas CEO, Hainer is the Supervisory Board Chairman of Bayern Munich, although Van Gaal claims his relationship with the German is “very good”.

This man I knew already before. He was also on the board of Bayern Munich, so I could expect that. I don’t think I have to respond to that kind of remark. I think that’s more the function of my CEO to respond. It’s the same thing what I think about the matter – I don’t want to go out of the Champions League. But he is more interested in revenues and these were very good.