Jose Mourinho sends final message to Manchester United board after transfer cock-up

Jose Mourinho sends final message to Manchester United board after transfer cock-up

It seems like Jose Mourinho has sent one last message of frustration towards the Manchester United board following the club’s transfer deadline day hoodoo.

This summer, Mourinho gave chief executive Ed Woodward a list of five centre-backs to target ahead of the 2018-19 but when 5pm struck on Thursday evening, there was no sign of any new arrivals.

The Man United manager was in a good mood after his side started their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win over Leicester at Old Trafford last night, and put in a good defensive performance, but tension was evidently still there.

In an interview with Sky Sports following the full-time whistle, Mourinho said: “Three points in the first match of the season after such a difficult pre-season, with boys who only had three days of training, was important.

“For us, it will be a difficult season because I had my plans for many months and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

“It’s the last time I speak about it. It’s over, it’s finished, the market is closed and no more talk about it. I think football is changing and probably football managers now should be called more head coaches.

“That’s the way football is going.”

United only managed to strengthen one area over the summer transfer window, the midfield, by bringing in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred for £52m but were widely reported to be in for a handful of central defenders.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester’s Harry Maguire, who featured at Old Trafford but in blue, were said to be the main two targets but Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and now-Everton star Yerry Mina were also on the radar.

Despite the club’s transfer frustrations, every associated will be delighted with how the new season has started and will be looking to build on it at Brighton & Hove Albion next Sunday.

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