Mourinho-Woodward relationship: Manchester United have reportedly agreed to allot funds for Mourinho for the January transfer window.
Manchester United have been going through a rough patch at the moment. The club is currently 8th in the league with 17 points from 10 games. In the last few games, however, the United players have performed relatively better, as Mourinho’s side secured three points in two of the last 3 league fixtures, with a draw at Chelsea.
The summer transfer window was largely uneventful for the club in terms of business, but significant action took place in Mourinho’s press conferences. The United manager made indirect remarks on the failure of the United board to fulfill his list of signings.
Manchester United made only three summer signings, with only one player suitable enough to be drafted into first team straight-away.
However, the Manchester United board has now agreed to meet the demands of their manager, and have decided to allocate funds for the January transfer market.
The relationship between Mourinho and club executive Ed Woodward had seemingly taken a fall after a disappointing transfer window. But English media outlet Guardian now reports that Manchester United trust their manager.
According to the English publishing house, Manchester United are prepared to allocate over £100m to Jose Mourinho for the January transfer window. According to the report, Mourinho will be in the transfer market for a defender and a goalscorer.
United are ready to back Mourinho with £100m-plus in the January transfer window. The manager wants a central defender and goalscorer. #mufc [Guardian]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 29, 2018
During the summer, Mourinho was keen on bringing players like Harry Maguire and Toby Alderveireld. However, according to Guardian, the board vetoed Mourinho’s list as they didn’t believe either of the defenders was an upgrade over the current line-up.
After Eric Bailly’s poor start to the campaign, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof are the current first-team central defenders for United. While Lindelof has impressed the fans with solid performances, Chris Smalling has suffered from inconsistency.
Man Utd are set to back Jose Mourinho with ‘£100m-plus’ in January to fund moves for a centre-back and a striker 🤑 #MUFC fans: if you could spend:
💰£60/70m on a CB:
💰£30/40m on a FW:
Who would you buy? (realistically!) pic.twitter.com/WdmssLEBYp
— JAFA ⚽️📲 (@jafa) October 29, 2018
Manchester United will also make an attempt at securing a forward in January. Romelu Lukaku has had a disastrous season so far, and the Belgian was benched for the game against Everton last weekend, owing to bad form.
Jose Mourinho will be backed in January to strengthen Manchester United if the right deal is possible in what can be a difficult transfer window to find value. More than £100m will be available to Mourinho [The Guardian] #mufc pic.twitter.com/FbXpbh9ChK
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) October 29, 2018
With the club set to allocate funds for the manager, it is significant that the Manchester United board trusts Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager’s job was under speculation after United conceded defeats to Tottenham and West Ham earlier in the season, but the comeback win against Newcastle United let to spirited performances from the side since.