James Cooper: Manchester United board believe in Jose Mourinho

by Marwan Harraz

Sky Sports reporter James Cooper has revealed the Manchester United board’s stance on Jose Mourinho amid rumours he may be sacked this season.

Following the club’s failure to make any serious signings in the transfer window before it slammed shut last Thursday, many reports claimed the Portuguese manager was no longer being backed by the board.

Rumours soon emerged of an apparent breakdown in the relationship between the United hierarchy and Mourinho though that’s now been said to be untrue.

Fred was the club’s only major signing of the summer with back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant and youngster Diogo Dalot being the remaining transfer.

It was understood though Jose wanted at least two more new faces in order to mount a title challenge but was given neither by vice-executive chairman Ed Woodward.

Writing in the Sky Sports website, James said: “It is understood that the mood at the club is excellent and United feel as though they have the talent at their disposal to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

“They believe the chemistry in the squad is good and that improvement year-on-year in terms of performances and results under Mourinho is obvious to see.”

The frenzy that ensued is said to be the cause for the Red Devils’ decision to reportedly hire a director of football for the first time in their history.

A few names have been thrown about but it’s unlikely fans will find out until the news becomes official.

Edwin van der Sar is said to be in the mix and would be welcomed with open arms by supporters back to Old Trafford.

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