Ed Woodward has admitted he blocked “one or two” of Jose Mourinho’s transfers when the new Tottenham boss was at Manchester United.
United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward sacked Mourinho, 56, last December amid disappointment at the lack of progress having spent nearly £400m on players.
Mourinho felt aggrieved at the support he received from the Red Devils in the transfer market as he missed out on current United player Harry Maguire with only Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant arriving at Old Trafford in summer 2018.
Woodward told United We Stand: “It is true that there was a difference of opinion on one or two players between the manager and the recruitment department.
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“Sometimes I have to be the one who delivers the ‘no’, which isn’t easy, because our natural tendency is to back the manager in every possible circumstance, but we have to listen to the recruitment experts too.”
Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho wanted to sign a central defender for United and missed out on Spurs player Toby Alderweireld, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng before the club eventually paid £80m for Maguire this summer.
Mourinho wanted more players in than his bosses would permit during his last transfer window at United and expressed his displeasure during pre-season in 2018 .
He said: “I would like two more players. I don’t think I’m going to have two. I think it’s possible I’m going to have one. I gave my club a list of five names a few months ago.”
It wasn’t the first time he had raised concerns over United’s transfer policy as back in March 2017 he voiced his disagreement over decisions made by the club.