Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho reportedly told a confidant that Manchester United chief Ed Woodward ‘f***** up deals’. The duo worked together for nearly three years at Old Trafford. But Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 2018 after overseeing a problematic start to the season.
Mourinho is currently preparing for Tottenham’s Premier League showdown with West Brom on Sunday.
But, ahead of that game, the Manchester Evening News have claimed the 58-year-old told a confidant that Woodward ‘f***** up’ deals.
The duo worked together for nearly three years and, at first, things went well.
Woodward signed Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the start of the Mourinho era, with both players then propelling the club to EFL Cup and Europa League glory.
The United supremo then bankrolled deals for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in 2017 as a result, with the club then finishing second in the Premier League table.
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Since that result, however, the two teams have endured contrasting fortunes.
United have climbed up to second in the table, while Tottenham have won just one Premier League match since the turn of the year.
And Mourinho, speaking ahead of his team’s clash with West Brom on Sunday, has called on his players to step up in Kane’s absence with the England international sidelined through injury.
“It’s always the old story,” he told reporters. “A team is not a player. A team cannot depend on a player. Other players, they have to step up.
“That’s the reality of things. But there are players that are special players in different teams. Even the biggest teams in the world, when Player X is not there, they miss him.
“We can have many examples of what these players mean for certain clubs, and for certain teams. And for sure Harry is very important for us.
“He leads, he creates, he has dynamics of closed eyes with Sonny for example. But of course, other guys, they have to step up to be honest.
“(Carlos) Vinicius tried his best against Chelsea, he couldn’t score his goal. I’m happy with him, period, I don’t want to say much more. I’m happy with his effort.
“The other guys, apart from Sonny, we know they are not goal scorers. They are not the kind of players that, as attacking players, they can score eight, 10, 12 goals in a season, you know that these are not their characteristics.
“So we have to fight with what we have and against West Bromwich, with Harry Kane, without Harry Kane, we have to go, we have to win that match.”