Man United chief warned about giving Jose Mourinho transfer funds

Chris Sutton doubts whether Manchester United should hand Jose Mourinho more transfer funds in the January transfer window

Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Sutton has claimed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho can’t be trusted in the January transfer market.

The Red Devils have made a disappointing start to their third Premier League season under Mourinho’s management to heap pressure on the former Real Madrid boss.

Manchester United ended in second place in the Premier League table last term to achieve their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson to suggest progress under the Portuguese head coach.

However, Manchester United lost to Brighton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Manchester City in the opening three months of the Premier League season.

Mourinho’s side have failed to produce convincing performances and the Manchester United manager has pointed to a lack of quality in the Red Devils team.

Manchester United signed Brazil international Fred in a £52m deal from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, but the playmaker has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot.

Diogo Dalot has required time to recover from injury, and the 19-year-old has had a limited impact on the Manchester United team.

Mourinho’s defence have conceded goals at a rate that is similar to teams battling relegation in the Premier League, despite spending £60m on Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

The 55-year-old will be hoping to invest in new players in the upcoming transfer window to help build a team capable of challenging for a top-four finish in the second half of the season.

But former Chelsea FC striker Sutton suggested that Mourinho can’t be trusted in the January transfer market.

“With the transfer window opening in less than a month’s time, Manchester United face a huge decision,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

“Do they back Jose Mourinho with the funds to turn their season around? Given Mourinho’s track record at Old Trafford, I cannot see how Ed Woodward can trust him.

“The most damning thing about United is that their manager is far more watchable than the team.

“His touchline antics and post-match outbursts are more entertaining than what his players are able to produce on the pitch. That should never be the case.

“Having already spent close to £300m, there is no guarantee Mourinho can get them out of this malaise with another spree.”

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