Manchester United face the very real prospect of losing Jose Mourinho, according to a journalist close to the Portuguese manager.
Duncan Castles, a reporter with both the Sunday Times and the Daily Record, claims Mourinho is growing increasingly frustrated by what chief executive Ed Woodward and what he perceives as “unnecessarily bureaucratic and inefficient organisation at Old Trafford and United ‘s Carrington training base”.
Furthermore, with Mourinho approaching the midpoint of the three-year deal he signed at the club upon his appointment in the summer of 2016, the United boss is yet to be approached by Woodward over discussing an extension to his deal.
As things stand, Mourinho – who won the Europa League and EFL Cup during his first season at the club – will be out of contract in just over 20 months’ time.
“Totally untrue, zero contacts for that,” a close friend told Record Sport in response to claims that Mourinho was set to be offered a bumper new contract.
In addition, Castles writes:
‘A hesitancy over implementing recruitment decisions and an unwillingness to match the funding deployed by key domestic and Champions League rivals rank among other points of conflict.
‘Mourinho’s frustrations with United are multiple and focus on a series of matters he considers crucial to maximising his team’s chances of recovering the English Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
‘Rigorous in his attention to detail, Mourinho expects his employers to implement everything realistically possible to improve performance on the pitch and is said to feel let down by Woodward in this regard.’
Mourinho spoke about his future over the weekend, when he admitted to French broadcaster Telefoot that his Old Trafford exit was ‘inevitable’.
“What I can say is that I am still a manager with questions, with ambitions, with a desire to do new things and I do not think – I am sure – that I will not finish my career here,” he said.