Manchester United's Jose Mourinho, Ed Woodward must solve differences to succeed - Peter Kenyon
Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward need to solve their issues and work together to help Manchester United achieve their goals, former executive Peter Kenyon said.
Mourinho has expressed his displeasure with the club's transfer strategy for the second consecutive summer and reiterated on Sunday that United face a difficult season unless Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, does not sign additional players before the transfer deadline on Thursday.
"They have to work it out and they'll find a way of working it out," Kenyon, United's chief executive from 2000 through 2003, said in an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live's "Sportsweek" on Sunday. "United is bigger than anybody, bigger than any individual and that's always been the mantra.
"It will get worked out and I would hope Jose is part of that working it out because he is incredibly skilled and he's demonstrated he can do things."
United have signed midfielder Fred and left-back Diogo Dalot this summer, and Mourinho wants to sign a centre-back and a right winger as well.
Ed Woodward ran after Jose Mourinho for an urgent chat in the mixed zone last night.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 1, 2018
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The club have made progress in their approach for Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, sources have told ESPN FC, having ruled that moves for Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld are unlikely to happen.
Kenyon praised Mourinho for his tenure with United, but he believes the manager is not comfortable with the club's chances of success this season.
"He is more than capable -- one of the best coaches in the world -- but have they got it right? No," he said. "I think the first people to recognise that will be the people at United.
"Jose has all the capabilities. He's done it, but I don't think he's in a place where he feels good at the moment, or United feel good at the moment or the fans at the moment."