Tottenham: Mourinho gives team news for West Brom clash
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho reportedly told a confidant that Manchester United chief Ed Woodward ‘f***** up deals’. The duo worked together for nearly three years at Old Trafford. But Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 2018 after overseeing a problematic start to the season.
Mourinho is currently preparing for Tottenham’s Premier League showdown with West Brom on Sunday.
But, ahead of that game, the Manchester Evening News have claimed the 58-year-old told a confidant that Woodward ‘f***** up’ deals.
The duo worked together for nearly three years and, at first, things went well.
Woodward signed Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the start of the Mourinho era, with both players then propelling the club to EFL Cup and Europa League glory.
The United supremo then bankrolled deals for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in 2017 as a result, with the club then finishing second in the Premier League table.
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But, after that, things went south.
Mourinho was unhappy at Woodward’s failure to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
And the current Tottenham boss was furious when the club failed to snap up Harry Maguire from Leicester in 2018, only for them to then secure his arrival the following year.
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Mourinho and Woodward always had a relationship consisting of mutual respect.
But it seems the Portuguese felt he was hindered in the transfer market and couldn’t resist telling a confidant of his feelings on the matter.
Since United parted ways with Mourinho, they’ve gone up against him three times.
They won 2-1 in December 2019, with Marcus Rashford scoring either side of a goal from Spurs midfielder Dele Alli.
After Project Restart, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw with Steven Bergwijn and Bruno Fernandes on target.
Fernandes scored for United against Spurs when they met in October.
But Mourinho’s side then ran riot, winning 6-1 at Old Trafford with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min both bagging braces.
Since that result, however, the two teams have endured contrasting fortunes.
United have climbed up to second in the table, while Tottenham have won just one Premier League match since the turn of the year.
And Mourinho, speaking ahead of his team’s clash with West Brom on Sunday, has called on his players to step up in Kane’s absence with the England international sidelined through injury.
“It’s always the old story,” he told reporters. “A team is not a player. A team cannot depend on a player. Other players, they have to step up.
“That’s the reality of things. But there are players that are special players in different teams. Even the biggest teams in the world, when Player X is not there, they miss him.
“We can have many examples of what these players mean for certain clubs, and for certain teams. And for sure Harry is very important for us.
“He leads, he creates, he has dynamics of closed eyes with Sonny for example. But of course, other guys, they have to step up to be honest.
“(Carlos) Vinicius tried his best against Chelsea, he couldn’t score his goal. I’m happy with him, period, I don’t want to say much more. I’m happy with his effort.
“The other guys, apart from Sonny, we know they are not goal scorers. They are not the kind of players that, as attacking players, they can score eight, 10, 12 goals in a season, you know that these are not their characteristics.
“So we have to fight with what we have and against West Bromwich, with Harry Kane, without Harry Kane, we have to go, we have to win that match.”
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