Man Utd news: Ed Woodward makes Jose Mourinho sack decision amid ongoing transfer war
Manchester United chief Woodward is at war with Mourinho over the club’s transfer business, with the row threatening to hamper their plans for the new Premier League season.
Mourinho wants more. Not satisfied with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, the 55-year-old is furious with the current situation at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United boss feels he needs two more signings, with a centre-back and right-winger in his sights. Woodward, penny pinching, has refused to stump up.
Mourinho’s increasingly concerning body language and demeanour has led to talk of United possibly wielding the axe.
Indeed, certain figures at the club are concerned that United will trail Manchester City by some distance once again if Mourinho continues to adopt this combative approach.
However, the Telegraph suggest Woodward will not sack Mourinho.
The United chief has always bet on the Portuguese. He ruined his relationship with Louis van Gaal in 2016 by secretly negotiating for Mourinho behind the Dutchman’s back.
And, during their two years together, Woodward has backed his man. Grant became United’s 10th first-team signing when he landed from Stoke last month.
The Telegraph say the Red Devils supremo refutes allegations that he will not fork out.
And, despite Woodward wanting Mourinho to stay, he is irked by his manager’s failure to coax the best out of the players already at his disposal.
Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are shadows of the players they were at Juventus and Arsenal.
And, of all Mourinho’s big-name signings, only Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have impressed.
Meanwhile, ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has tipped Germany boss Joachim Low to replace Mourinho if United decide to twist, rather than stick.
“It’s too expensive and as of right now, I’m not sure there is a ready-made replacement for Jose Mourinho,” he said.
“You look at big-name managers who are available and can step into this job, the only one that really jumps to mind is Jogi Low. Is he the man? Does he want to take over the club?
“I think there are a lot of question marks on his side over whether that’s the answer to Manchester United’s woes.”