Paul Merson urges Man United chief to support Jose Mourinho

The Arsenal legend believes that Jose Mourinho is the man to turn United’s fortunes around but can only do so with transfer backing of Ed Woodward

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Paul Merson has claimed that Manchester United have failed to trust in Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils placed their faith in Sir Alex Ferguson in the transfer market.

In 2016, Woodward completed the then world-record signing of France midfielder Paul Pogba for £94.5m as well as the signing of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and two other players.

Manchester United further improved their squad in 2017 with the signing of £76.2m Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, £40.2m Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, and £31.5m Swedish centre-half Victor Lindelöf.

In January of this year, Woodward engineered a swap deal with Arsenal for Chilean Alexis Sanchez, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.

This summer’s arrival of Brazilian midfielder Fred for £53.1m from Shakhtar Donetsk has been United’s only signing of an automatic first-team player

Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have all recruited heavily in the summer transfer window, to prompt fears Man United will be left behind.

The Arsenal legend believes that executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has not given the Portuguese enough assistance in the transfer market and this is down to an unjustified lack of trust.

Indeed, Merson believes Man United should stick with their manager and back him in the transfer market to compete with their rivals.

Appearing on Sky Sports’ The Debate on Tuesday night, Merson said: “He hasn’t had the help from Woodward.

“If Sir Alex wanted a player, he got the player. He hasn’t been trusted enough.

“If anyone is going to make Man United what they were, he is the one.”

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