'Mourinho not feeling good at Man Utd' – Portuguese has to iron out Woodward spat, says Kenyon
- November 1, 2019
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A former chief executive at Old Trafford admits the strain is starting to show within the Red Devils’ ranks, with their issues needing to be resolved
Jose Mourinho does not “feel good” at Manchester United, says Peter Kenyon, with the club’s former chief executive stressing that it is important for any issues with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to be ironed out.
The Portuguese has once again cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford this summer, with his pre-season plans being disrupted by the late return of World Cup stars and a lack of transfer activity.
Mourinho’s working relationship with Woodward has also been called into question, with the strain starting to show after two years of a professional partnership.
Kenyon, who is also former chief executive of Chelsea alongside United, admits that concerning signals are coming out of the Theatre of Dreams, but he believes that the right men are in place to turn things around.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They have to work it out and they’ll find a way of working it out.
“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 because he is incredibly skilled and he’s demonstrated he can do things.
“He is more than capable, one of the best coaches in the world but have they got it right? No.
“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.”
Mourinho’s cause has not been helped by the re-emergence of arch-rivals Manchester City as the dominant force in English football.
United now face competition from several domestic opponents in their pursuit of major honours, with a winning formula needing to be found after a trophyless 2017-18 campaign.
Kenyon added: “They’ve got more competition than they’ve ever had before and it’s coming from the other side of the city.
“Having been born there and lived there, that’s pretty uncomfortable. They’re just going to have to dig in and sort it out.
“They have the resources, they’ve got a fantastic fan-base and one of the best coaches in the world. They’ve just to work out what it is and sort it.”
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