Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward in breakdown of relationship over transfers


Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward’s relationship has
hit an all-time low after a major row concerning
summer transfers, reports claim.
The Manchester United manager has made no secret
of his fury at the club’s inability to add substantially
to the playing squad this summer, although he has
spent £70million so far.
United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward has
refused to spend excessively this summer and
Mourinho has been told he must sell before he can
buy after bringing in Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.
Mourinho is anxious to strengthen his first team
squad, which is severely depleted during pre-season.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager is
without 17 first team players, nine of whom are
injured while eight, including the likes of Paul Pogba
and Romelu Lukaku, are on extended breaks
following their efforts at the World Cup.
Though the returning party will ease Mourinho’s
concerns somewhat, with United failing to win a
game in pre-season, he still believes that new
recruits are needed to provide a sterner challenge to
Manchester City in the Premier League.
With Liverpool spending particularly big, Mourinho
has not bothered to hide his frustration at the lack of
funds made available to him.
He piled the pressure on Woodward during a heated
press conference following a humiliating 4-1 defeat
to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
‘I would like to have two more players,’ he snarled. ‘I
think I am not going to get two. I think that it’s
possible I will have one.
‘And that one, I gave a list to my club of five names
a few months ago. And I wait to see if it’s possible to
have one of these players.
‘If it’s possible, it’s possible. If it’s not, it’s not. If it’s
possible, it’s good. If not then we keep fighting and
working and believing in the players we have.’
Woodward does not agree with Mourinho’s
assessment that major recruitment is needed and is
putting a halt to any major spending until fringe
players are offloaded.
And his stance has infuriated Mourinho, according to
the Daily Mail.
The 55-year-old branded United’s pre-season tour as
a waste of time and hit out at the options available
to him.
‘This is not my squad, not even 30 per cent my
squad,’ he added. ‘Half these players won’t be here
on August 9.’
His comments have not been well received among
members of United’s squad and he is walking a thin
line to avoid alienating those on the tour.
But it is Woodward who has enraged Mourinho most
and their relationship is on the verge of breaking
down completely.

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