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Why Sir Alex Ferguson fell out with Ed Woodward at Manchester United

During his time at the club, Sir Alex Ferguson fell out with Ed Woodward due to the way David Moyes' sacking was handled and the club's lavish spending.

Woodward was appointed chief executive after Ferguson retired, replacing David Gill. Despite having a strong relationship with Gill, Ferguson had the final say in all decisions and wielded unprecedented power at the club.

Woodward's arrival at United marked a new era of financial freedom for the club. Moyes was handpicked by Ferguson to succeed him, but his tenure was short-lived, with United finishing 7th in his first season.

Moyes was eventually sacked in April 2014, but news of his dismissal was leaked 48 hours before the official announcement. This accusation of leaking information did not sit well with Ferguson, who had always emphasized the importance of keeping things "in-house."

During Louis van Gaal's tenure, Manchester United spent heavily on players such as Angel Di Maria, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Radamel Falcao, however, the team only managed to finish 4th and 5th in the league. Despite continued big spending under Jose Mourinho, the club has not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season.

The Athletic reported that Ferguson raised concerns about the club's lack of direction and questioned how so much money could be spent without mounting a title challenge.

This led to tension with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who attempted to distance Ferguson from club matters and sideline his influence.

After Woodward left, Richard Arnold took over and Ferguson was brought back into the fold.

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