Gary Neville claims Man United board aren’t supporting Jose Mourinho

The Sky Sports pundit has suggested that the Manchester United board have not supported Jose Mourinho’s plans to take the club forward

Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: Sky Sports

Gary Neville has suggested that Manchester United’s board are refusing to bring in players that Jose Mourinho has requested they recruit, which has led to the latter’s recent comments in the media.

Manchester United started their summer spending on a high, bringing in Brazilian midfielder Fred for £53.1m from Shakhtar Donetsk and Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot for £19.8m.

However, subsequent deals Mourinho reportedly requested for Croatian World Cup star Ivan Perisic and Brazilian forward Willian never came to fruition.

And former Manchester United defender Neville has claimed that the board have failed to back the Portuguese manager in the transfer market.

Neville told Second Captains podcast: “He isn’t being supported in deals for Perisic and Willian.

“The club appear to be pushing back on deals that Mourinho want to do.

“That’s why he is calling it on the board.”

Manchester United only brought in Lee Grant as cover for David de Gea, but the £1.5m transfer of the 35-year-old goalkeeper from Stoke City hardly captured the imagination after recent mega-money deals for Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

The Red Devils only have Jesse Lingard as a genuine winger who is performing on a consistent basis, and Mourinho looked to spice up a forward line which seemed to lack any real penetration during his tenure.

Mourinho has had to use Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as wingers and playing them out of position not only leaves the team unbalanced, but greatly hinders the development of these two young talents.

Neville believes this is why Mourinho has criticised the United board through the media in the last month, and it is hard to see how this disparity in transfer policy will provide the conducive relationship United need to succeed.

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