Ed Woodward Cancels Transfer Meeting; Jose Mourinho Left Furious

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks dejected as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward looks on.

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Manchester United may be on the road to recovery in what has been a harrowing start to the season, but it appears as if things still aren’t all positive around Old Trafford.

Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly furious with Ed Woodward after a transfer meeting which was scheduled, had to be cancelled because the executive vice-chairman was a no-show.

The Sun are reporting that the cancellation by the United chief was a last-minute decision, and it left Mourinho fuming.

The report suggests that a meeting was scheduled to discuss prospects for the upcoming January transfer window, as well as discuss the possibility of having a football director at the club – a position which has seen much debate in recent months.


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But the absence of Woodward from the meeting itself has raised speculation that perhaps the demons of the past may be back again, and the relationship between the manager and CEO could again be on the decline.

Earlier, Mourinho had publicly slammed the decision of the United board to disallow him from signing any of the five defenders he had shortlisted in the summer, leading to rumours of a rift between the pair, and resulting in a string of poor results for the English giants at the start of the new campaign.


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Reports of a Mourinho sacking did not help the cause, and while the Portuguese tactician has kept his job, his relationship with Woodward continues to be a subject of debate amongst fans and pundits alike.

When it comes to the position of sporting director, the club has been discussing the possibility of filling that role soon enough in order to avoid transfer-related hiccups, as were seen this past summer.

United’s local rivals Manchester City have already appointed a sporting director for this reason, and are reaping the benefits of having some of the best players in world football.