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Carragher: Manchester United wrong not to back Mourinho in transfer market

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has blasted the Manchester United board for not giving Jose Mourinho the backing he wanted in the transfer market.

The Manchester United boss has spent the vast majority of the summer whining about not receiving the players he asked for in this summer’s transfer market, with a centre-back known to have been high on his wish list.

However, speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, recently reinstated pundit Jamie Carragher has said that the United board have failed their manager but doesn’t expect him to be in charge by the end of the season:

“[Given] what’s happened in the summer, if performances like that continue, I don’t think Jose Mourinho will be the manager of Manchester United next season,” Carragher said. “He may not [even] be manager at some time this season.

“I think there will be coaches up and down the country looking at what Mourinho said in the summer about bringing players in at centre-back. He’s spent £30m on two of them and he’s got two England internationals in [Phil] Jones and [Chris] Smalling. They might be saying ‘Coach them, make them better’. For almost every coach I’d say that’d be right, but not for Mourinho.

“Mourinho is a manager for today, not tomorrow. Ed Woodward brought him in and knew that.

“When you get Mourinho, it’s all about winning right now – that’s why he brought Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], [Alexis] Sanchez, [Nemanja] Matic. That’s why he’s looking for centre-halves who are 29, 30. Now you can’t pull the plug on him and say ‘Okay we’re going to go the united way again or buy younger players’. You’ve got the wrong manager. If you’re going to do that you might as well get rid of him. There’s no point.

“So my problem is that they should have backed him with what he wanted because no-one is enjoying watching that [the Brighton defeat]. Mourinho, the people in the stands, watching the centre-backs perform like that: you can’t have that for the rest of the season. So that’s why he should have been backed. You have to back him in that position. And like I said, I don’t see it lasting into the new season.”

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