Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has revealed that Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will not let manager Jose Mourinho spend big in the new year.
Mourinho has repeatedly revealed his wishes for United transfer plan with the Portuguese boss made it clear that he always wants to strengthen his backline.
Having started in poor form this season, the former Chelsea manager calamity at Old Trafford continued on Saturday evening after drawing 2-2 at Southampton.
Mourinho spent around £300m during his time at the club but is continuously pushing Woodward to spend much money on a new centre-back in January.
However, former England striker-turned-pundit Sutton claims the United chief cannot allow the former Real Madrid boss to splash money in the January transfer window.
“With the transfer window opening in less than a month’s time, Manchester United face a huge decision,” Sutton wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Do they back Jose Mourinho with the funds to turn their season around?”
“Given Mourinho’s track record at Old Trafford, I cannot see how Ed Woodward can trust him.”
“The most damning thing about United is that their manager is far more watchable than the team.”
“His touchline antics and post-match outbursts are more entertaining than what his players are able to produce on the pitch. That should never be the case.”
“Having already spent close to £300million, there is no guarantee Mourinho can get them out of this malaise with another spree.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho tried to sign Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire of Leicester, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng.
The 20-time Premier League champions are back in action on Wednesday night against Arsenal at Old Trafford ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fulham.