Mourinho’s Relationship With Ed Woodward Hits All-Time Low Amidst Unrest At Man Utd
Jose Mourinho is reportedly unhappy with Ed Woodward after the latter failed to secure a new defender in the summer transfer window.
It looks like the relationship between Jose Mourinho and Manchester United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is at an all-time low.
United had to endure an unsatisfying summer transfer window – even though they signed three players, they ended up missing out on some of their most important targets.
Deals for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant were announced early on, but there was minimal activity to follow, even though the Red Devils were linked with several top class players.
Mourinho was keen on signing a centre back, with World Cup stars Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire on the top of his wish list. In fact, with time running out to secure new signings, United reportedly tried to sign several other defenders, including Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof provided momentary hope by putting in solid performances on the opening day against Leicester, but completely imploded in an abysmal fashion during the 3-2 loss to Brighton.
This put Mourinho’s demands over the summer in a new perspective. The Portuguese boss is reportedly at-odds with Woodward because of a lack of ‘face-time’ during the pre-season tour of the United States.
Woodward attended the first and the last pre-season matches, but met with Mourinho only once, in a hurried meeting at the Hard Rock Stadium after the 2-1 win over Real Madrid.
Mourinho eventually went public with his intentions of bringing in a new defender, but even that wasn’t enough for Woodward to take action.
With some fans agitating for Mourinho to leave following the lifeless performance at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, the situation only appears to have worsened.
Not everyone is against Jose though, with some fans set to show their support for him with a plane banner that scapegoats Woodward and the Glazers.
The banner was initially meant to be displayed during Tottenham’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday night, but a lack of visibility has postponed it to United’s away fixture against Burnley at Turf Moor.
With Woodward reportedly receiving the full backing of the Glazers, and with Zinedine Zidane circling for a new job after resigning from his post at Real Madrid, Mourinho’s immediate future at the Theater of Dreams doesn’t look too bright.
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