Jose Mourinho’s reportedly deteriorating relationship with Ed Woodward could be much stronger than people believe.
Manchester United’s boss is under pressure after losing two of the first three games of the season. Defeat to Brighton saw Woodward conspicuously glum in the crowd after the final whistle.
Then, following the 3-0 home defeat to Spurs, Mourinho applauded the Stretford End crowd and demanded respect from journalists after a brief and fractious post-match press conference.
There have been rumours of tension between the pair after Woodward failed to deliver the signings requested, with Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Diego Godin all linked to transfers that never materialised.
However, an article in The Guardian reports that relations between the two are actually fairly friendly.
The story claims that Woodward has been visiting Carrington training ground with more frequency than ever before, and that Mourinho has been ending text messages to his boss with ‘kisses to the twins’ – Woodward’s three-year-old children.
Speculation that Woodward is planning to replace Mourinho with Zinedine Zidane could be wide of the mark if the story is accurate.