What Ed Woodward Said About Klopp Before He Appointed Mourinho

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

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Jose Mourinho is having a difficult time managing Manchester United this season. The defence is in shambles, while Romelu Lukaku has been found loitering on the wings more often than scoring goals.

A poor summer transfer window has been one of the major reasons why the Red Devils are struggling in the Premier League as well as the cup competitions.

On the other hand, their bitter rivals Liverpool have been enjoying a fantastic time since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival. The German has revamped the Merseyside club by making some big money transfers, and they currently lead the Premier League title race, and could very well end Manchester City‘s recent dominance.

Manchester United vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is believed to be a huge fan of Klopp. In fact, he even made an attempt to bring the manager to Old Trafford in 2014 as David Moyes’ successor, but the move broke down, as Jurgen decided to stick with Borussia Dortmund for one more season.

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Before appointing Mourinho, Woodward had described the Liverpool boss as a genius for his success with the Black and Yellows, adding that ‘their [Dortmund’s] wage bill is lower than half the clubs in the Premier League, but he’s really got a lot out of them.’ [via Andy Mitten]

Klopp had a massive backing from the board as well as the supporters at Dortmund. Club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke provided the manager with ample funds to make the required signings. The tactician was one of the key figures to save the club from bankruptcy when they entered a financial crisis in 2005.

Mourinho doesn’t enjoy the similar kind of freedom at Manchester United. Some reports suggest that the signings made in the recent windows were decided by Woodward, despite the targets not being on the Portuguese’s wishlist.

In the 2018 summer window, the Mancunians had the opportunity to bring in two World Cup stars, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld. But Woodward decided not to close the deals, as their respective clubs slapped £60m valuations on the defenders, which the businessman refused to meet.