Saturday 19 October 2019

Gary Neville questions whether Man Utd CEO Ed Woodward is qualified to veto Jose Mourinho's transfer targets

Gary Neville furious that news of Jose Mourinho's imminent sacking may have been leaked
Gary Neville furious that news of Jose Mourinho's imminent sacking may have been leaked
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gary Neville believes Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 'feels let down' by the club's board after a summer of transfer disappointment.

Mourinho was pushing for United to sign an experienced central defender, but they ended the transfer window with that purchase after the club refused to pay the asking prices for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Leicester's Harry Maguire and several other high profile targets.

Mourinho has not tried to hide his annoyance over United's failure to back him in the transfer market and suggested he was now the club's head coach rather than their manager after Friday night's 2-1 win against Leicester, with Neville among those suggesting CEO Ed Woodward lacks the experience to make judgement on high profile players.

"There seems to be a disconnect between the board and who Jose thinks should come to the club," Neville told Sky Sports.

"It's intriguing because Jose's talking about the lack of influence managers have over signings and sporting directors, heads of recruitment having a bigger say. I actually think that's the way football should go and that coaches should concentrate on football.

"But who are the people in the boardroom telling him that his signings aren't right? United haven't got a sporting director. Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton aren't being consulted.

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"About three or four weeks ago when Jose handed his list to Ed Woodward, it was at that point he was calling on the board and I questioned privately what he was doing. But in the last few days, I can see exactly what he was doing.

"I think he thinks the board have let him down. They maybe thought the likes of Ivan Perisic and Toby Alderweireld - who I thought was a certainty - are a bit old. But get the players in. Jose was bought here to win. You can't three-quarters build a house, you have to finish it, you can't hold back.

"The club since they sacked David Moyes have been on a roundabout, reacting to things without a long-term strategy. Jose Mourino is a great manager - one of the best in the world over the last 15 years - but you have to back him all the way through and it looks to me at the moment like the board have just retreated a little bit.

"They've gone into reverse and said this doesn't quite fit our philosophy. That philosophy went out of the window five years ago. You've now got to deal with the fact the philosophy you've got is to win and stop a long period of not winning."

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