Mourinho and Manchester United at boiling point

Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Ed Woodward is at an all-time low with the pair at loggerheads over Manchester United’s transfer policy.

Sportsmail understands that Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is reluctant to release more funds to manager Mourinho, who has spent more than £70million so far on Brazil midfielder Fred, Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant.

United’s squad will be strengthened when Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard, among others, return from their post-World Cup holidays but Mourinho is anxious to recruit further and presented Woodward with a list of five names ‘a few months ago’.There is no doubt United have the financial power to bid for targets and the inertia that Mourinho perceives has nothing to do with any kind of cash-flow issues. Woodward, though, has taken a stand not to release more money and that has startled his manager.

Mourinho’s mood has soured in recent weeks and his remarkable press conference following the 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday, in which he attacked anything and everything, shone a light on his feelings. He used the platform as an opportunity to apply pressure to Woodward

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