Man Utd news: Ed Woodward does not trust Jose Mourinho and Yerry Mina proves it | Football | Sport
Manchester United boss Mourinho was left without a centre-back on deadline day with Woodward blocking several last-minute transfers.
The Red Devils wanted to sign Toby Alderwiereld from Tottenham but, despite negotiating with the north London side since May, they were unable to reach an agreement.
That forced Manchester United into eyeing Barcelona’s Yerry Mina but, with his agent proving a stubborn negotiator, the Colombia international ended up joining Everton instead.
And Arsenal legend Groves thinks the Red Devils’ failure to sign anyone, coupled with their reluctance to meet Mina’s agent’s financial demands, prove Woodward does not trust Mourinho’s judgement.
He told TalkSport: “They don’t trust Jose Mourinho’s judgement on players.
“When have you heard Manchester United say, ‘oh no, we’re not buying him because he hasn’t got a sell-on fee’?
“I can’t remember them doing that with Robin van Persie when he was 30, and Sir Alex Ferguson said, ‘we need him, doesn’t matter if it’s one or two seasons, he’ll win us the league’, which he did.
“They had a chance to sign Yerry Mina, but then Man United said, ‘oh, we’re not paying the extortionate agent’s fees’.
“But they didn’t say that about Paul Pogba with Mino Raiola – they didn’t worry about paying him a fortune in agent’s fees!
“There’s an even bigger chasm now between Ed Woodward and Mourinho.”
Mourinho recently suggested United’s squad has not improved from last season.
The United manager said: “It is the same, the same squad as last season.
“We changed the goalkeepers with Lee because Joel [Pereira, loaned to Vitoria de Setubal] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.
“We changed Daley Blind [returned to Ajax] for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right-back or left-back. We changed Michael Carrick [retired] for Fred, so our squad is the same.
“[Fred] is a midfield player, he’s not a striker, not a central defender. He’s a midfield player that technically is very good.
“In that sense, typically, the Brazilian player has a very rich luggage in technical terms and also in some static beauty movements of football.
“He’s a player to really enjoy, if he adapts as soon as possible.”
United face Leicester City in their Premier League opener this evening (8pm).