It has been a chaotic summer at Manchester United. Already head scout Javier Ribalta has left the club, Jose Mourinho criticised his youth players and captain, two different players indicated they want to leave and there were rumours of a manager/vice-chairman rift. All of this despite the fact the season does not start for another eleven days.
Mourinho's irritation was obvious last weekend when he faced the press after a 4-1 defeat against Liverpool in a US pre-season friendly. Due to the missed transfer targets and players absent because of World Cup involvement, he labeled it a “very bad” pre-season.
In the aftermath of that, there were reports that his relationship with vice-chairman Ed Woodward were 'at an all-time low' but these rumours have been denied by a reliable source when it comes to Man United news, sports journalist Simon Stone.
Understand no major issue @ManUtd between Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho. Still working hard re transfers. Acceptance 9 August deadline in WC year has made it harder. United one of the clubs who voted against.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 30, 2018
The Guardian have also confirmed that the club recently pledged to back Mourinho and are working on further signings. So far, they have secured Fred, Diego Dalot and Lee Grant.
After last year, the Premier League clubs voted to move the transfer deadline back before the season started. As a result, the window is set to close in less than two weeks. Manchester United and Manchester City opposed that decision.
Mourinho clarified he still desired two signings this summer: "I would get two more players." With their season opener against Leicester City on the horizon, it appears the club are working towards fulfilling that wish.