Sunday 25 September 2016

Jose Mourinho is already getting fed up with Ed Woodward

Published 25/06/2016 | 19:51

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jose Mourinho, new manager of Manchester United, is shown round the Aon Training Complex by Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward at Aon Training Complex on May 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jose Mourinho, new manager of Manchester United, is shown round the Aon Training Complex by Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward at Aon Training Complex on May 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Well that didn't take long.

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A hallmark of Ed Woodward's tenure as Manchester United's Executive Vice Chairman has been his dithering in the transfer market, which has seen the Red Devils miss out on countless players.

Both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were frustrated in this regard, and it seems little has changed since the Special One arrived at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has a proven track record of delivering in the transfer market but the new manager's dealings have so far been limited to signing Villarreal defender Eric Bailly.

United have been linked with a host of other players, most notably Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Bailly remains this summer's only capture.

And the Manchester Evening News is reporting that the slow pace at which Woodward operates at in the transfer market, and his inability to clinch additional deals, has already frustrated Mourinho just weeks into his tenure.

The report says that Mourinho isn't hopeful of landing star midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer.

It will be interesting to see how busy Manchester United are in the window after Euro 2016, and how Mourinho and Woodward's relationship develops throughout the summer as they try to sign the Portuguese manager's targets.

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