Jamie Redknapp: Why Jose Mourinho can’t complain about lack of Man United support

The Liverpool FC legend wasn't surprised that Man United board didn't back Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Redknapp believes the performance of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in Manchester United’s 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion proved why the Red Devils board didn’t give Jose Mourinho more transfer funds in the summer.

The Portuguese head coach signed Bailly and Lindelof in deals worth a combined £60m in his first two summer transfer windows in charge of Manchester United.

The Red Devils boss started Bailly and Lindelof at the centre of his defence on Sunday evening after their performance in a 2-1 win over Leicester City in their season opener.

However, the duo struggled in Manchester United’s 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion to leave the Red Devils three points behind defending champions Manchester City.

Manchester United were linked with a host of centre-halves in the summer transfer window, including Spurs star Toby Alderweireld, Everton’s Yerry Mina and Leicester City star Harry Maguire.

Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp believes the Manchester United are reluctant to back Mourinho given his mixed success in the transfer market so far.

“Mourinho may well point to his centre backs’ errors and that he could not buy a defender. Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof may have played like youth team players but they are defenders Mourinho spent £60million to bring in,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“That is why the club have been reluctant to back their manager this summer. City and Liverpool go above and beyond whenever Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp want a player but why would United want to waste more money, especially if there could be a new manager next season?”

Manchester United will welcome bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils missed out on silverware last term to end the season without a trophy.

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