Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho given vote of confidence by Ed Woodward

Arnold Nichols
September 26, 2018

There have been media reports of behind-the-scenes discord between Mr Woodward and manager Jose Mourinho over the club's player recruitment policy.

"Mourinho's message to the United squad, delivered at Carrington today, was created to underline his authority and remind the players that he is in charge", added The Times report.

United ended their weekend match with Wolves 1-1 at home, putting another dent in their hopes of chasing the Premier League crown this season.

The news came on a dramatic day at Old Trafford, where the hosts deservedly bowed out of the Carabao Cup to Derby on penalties as a cloud over their club-record signing hung overhead.

"José Mourinho told the players that Paul Pogba will not be the captain because he doesn't represent what a captain is and Manchester United is bigger than anyone", a Carrington source said.

Pogba and regular captain Antonio Valencia are likely to be rested against Derby, meaning Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic could be handed the armband.

The poor run of form has come following a hard transfer window in which Mourinho repeatedly voiced his desire for more backing. We don't play again until next season.

Jones' poor effort was denied by Scott Carson after 16 faultless penalties at Old Trafford and the save secured Derby's place in the fourth round of the competition.

But Derby threatened throughout and got an equaliser in the second half when on-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson scored a brilliant free-kick from distance which completed deceived United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

The World Cup-winning France midfielder subsequently questioned Mourinho's tactics in an interview, suggesting they should adopt a more attack-minded approach at home.

That legacy, of course, is in large part based upon his relentless excellence in his first spell at Chelsea, when his spine of Petr Cech, John Terry and Didier Drogba became one of the most formidable teams of the Premier League era. "When it goes to Jones, or Eric Bailly then we are in trouble".

Speaking in his programme notes ahead of their clash with Derby on Tuesday, Mourinho said the following about his players.

Manchester United started the match impressively and it took them only three minutes to score their goal through Juan Mata who was assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Mourinho had a different theory as to why United were unable to beat last season's Championship winners.

He added: 'Every team that play Manchester United are playing the game of their lives.

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