Paul Merson: Jose Mourinho has an issue with Man United chief

The Arsenal legend suggests that Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have disagreed over the club’s transfer policy

Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson believes Jose Mourinho has unleashed a veiled attack on Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over the club’s failure to recruit new players over the summer.

Manchester United looked to have made a promising start to the summer transfer window as it seemed they were investing heavily in new players as the Red Devils have done in previous years.

However, Manchester United failed to secure any more signings before the transfer window shut last week.

And Arsenal legend Merson claims this had led to a fallout between Mourinho and Woodward.

Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “I think Jose has a problem with Woodward.

“He has gone to him with a few players and they haven’t got them over the line.

“He is having a quiet dig at Woodward.”

Man United brought in Brazilian midfielder Fred for £53.1m from Shakhtar Donetsk and Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot for £19.8m in the first few days of June.

However, the Red Devils only managed to add the £1.5m transfer of 35-year-old goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke who will play back up to David De Gea.

With the significant strengthening of United’s league rivals as well as rumours of a January approach for Paul Pogba by Barcelona, Mourinho will be anxious to keep his squad competitive to attract new talent.

However, if his spat with Woodward continues, the ability to do so will be greatly hindered as both parties will struggle to get deals over the line.

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