Mourinho has repeatedly complained about United’s transfer business, or lack thereof, throughout United’s summer tour of the US, bemoaning the depth of United’s squad.
Manchester United made three signings this summer, bringing in Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot and Fred. However, it is understood Mourinho handed a list of central defenders to Ed Woodward several months prior to the tranfer window opening, but no signings were delivered.
It has been reported that the United board felt the transfer targets were no better than the options that were already available to Mourinho at Old Trafford.
This has left United fans fuming as they wonder what right former investment manager Ed Woodward has to overrule Mourinho, one of the most successful football managers of our time, over what is best for United’s football team.
United got their Premier League campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday, and when asked by Sky Sports if he has a problem with United’s board for not delivering his targets, Mourinho said: “That’s football management. Football is changing. Probably football managers should be called more head coaches. We have big multi-functional coaching staffs and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.
“I had my plans for many months and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League, with the market closed, I find myself in a situation whichI did not think I was going to be in.”
“I think it will be the last time I speak about it. It’s finished, the market is closed and no more talk about it.”