Former Manchester United and Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon has urged Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to learn to work together better in order to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.
Kenyon rates Mourinho highly having worked with him during his first spell at Chelsea, and he believes that given the right support and resources the Portuguese coach is still capable of succeeding with United.
Current Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward has so far struggled to provide his manager with the signings he has requested during the summer transfer window, although he still has until 5pm Thursday to rectify the situation.
There is little doubt that Manchester United have fallen way short of meeting the standards set during the Sir Alex Ferguson era in recent seasons. However, while Kenyon believes his former club will sort out the issues behind the scenes that have been holding them back since Fergie’s departure, he warned both Woodward and Mourinho that nobody is bigger than the club.
“They have to work it out and they’ll find a way of working it out,” Kenyon told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.
“United is bigger than anybody, bigger than any individual and that’s always been the mantra.
“It will get worked out and I would hope Jose is part of that working it out because he is incredibly skilled and he’s demonstrated he can do things.
“He is more than capable, one of the best coaches in the world but have they got it right? No.
“I think the first people to recognise that will be the people at United.
“Jose has all the capabilities, he’s done it, but I don’t think he’s in a place where he feels good at the moment, or United feel good at the moment or the fans at the moment.”
Kenyon also conceded that United’s struggles and the rise of local rivals Manchester City is making uncomfortable viewing for many of those closely connected to the Old Trafford club.
“They’ve got more competition than they’ve ever had before and it’s coming from the other side of the city,” he added.
“Having been born there and lived there, that’s pretty uncomfortable. They’re just going to have to dig in and sort it out.
“They have the resources, they’ve got a fantastic fan-base and one of the best coaches in the world. They’ve just to work out what it is and sort it.”