The Manchester United decision-makers would have no doubt been on high alert following manager Jose Mourinho’s scathing press conference after a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool.
The Portuguese boss made no secret of the fact that he hasn’t had his transfer requests fulfilled, and indirectly blamed the club’s board for not letting him sign the players he wanted.
This has been proved by the fact that United signed just two outfield players in the summer transfer window in Diogo Dalot and Fred.
But The Guardian are now reporting that the Manchester United boardroom is sticking with their manager despite the criticism, and understand the concerns of the boss, who is facing a number of problems with his squad at the moment.
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The report lays down the board’s reassurance to Mourinho that finances are available for new signings, and that no player needs to be sold in order to facilitate an opening for a fresh face at Old Trafford. While this may be good news, it doesn’t quite solve the entire problem.
Despite funds being available, United haven’t exactly been able to work out deals with the clubs of the player they want. This can be observed with the flailing transfer story of Harry Maguire, where Leicester just aren’t willing to let go of their man.
Another issue is the dicey beginning to the new season because of several missing names from the United squad. The likes of Smalling, Shaw and Matic are all injured, while many big names are yet to return from their season break following a grueling World Cup campaign.
Mourinho’s frustrations were visible after the Liverpool game in USA, as he called the start of the season “very bad” and highlighted again and again that the pre-season team wasn’t his actual Manchester United team.
With August 9 set as deadline day, the Red Devils will need to make swift movement if they want to sign any new stars to their illustrious line-up.