Man United are set to struggle this season after their erratic approach in the transfer window. That’s according to the pundits on Sunday Supplement, who said that while manager Jose Mourinho wants one thing, the board and Ed Woodward want another thing altogether.
Raphael Honigstein claimed that Mourinho does deserve some sympathy, while the board are struggling – and he pointed to Ed Woodward in particular when it comes to failing to get transfers over the line.
“I have some sympathy with Mourinho when it comes to transfers – Ed Woodward’s [United’s chief executive] problems with getting them over the line precedes his arrival,” Honigstein said.
“It’s not a new story that transfers are taking longer and becoming more complicated for whatever reason.
“I think the scattergun approach reflects very conflicting strategies. Mourinho wants a specific type of player, who is ready-made, 26 or 27, will perform all the time and has the skills of a world-class player but play like an underdog and not have the ball, wait for things to happen and take advantage.
“But United as a club want players who have value going forward, we want to unearth the superstars before they are superstars, we don’t necessarily want to be paying £100m every year, more like £30m or £40m, grow the players, make them better and sell them on or build a team around them.”
Mourinho has looked more and more discontented this summer and has asked for at least one more signing – and it seems said signing will be a defender.
The club have been heavily linked with both Toby Alderweireld and Harry Magurie, with United set to make a bid for the latter according to the papers.
Given the state of the defence at times last season, it seems that reinforcements are desperately needed – and the United boss is doing his level best to make it happen.