Mourinho aims jibe at Woodward over lack of transfers

Jose Mourinho had another dig at Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward after Manchester United opened the season with victory over Leicester on Friday evening.

Mourinho described Paul Pogba as ‘a monster’ after the unsettled Frenchman responded to being captain with a dominant performance in United’s 2-1 win.

But the United boss was still unhappy that Woodward had not delivered a new signing before the transfer window closed earlier this week, and believes a lack of say in the club’s business dealings means he should now be called a head coach rather than a manager.

‘I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed in the situation I thought I was not going to be in,’ said Mourinho.

‘For us, it will be a difficult season because I had my plans for many months.

‘That’s football management. I think football is changing. Football managers should be called now more head coaches.

‘We have big coaching staffs and I think we are more the head coach than the manager. That is the way I think football is going.

‘We have to wait for end of November, beginning of December to understand how things are going and if we can fight for the title. Or you believe in the pundits and go with what they say.’

Mourinho decided to name Pogba as captain in the absence of Antonio Valencia as United try to convince the 25-year-old midfielder that his long-term future lies at Old Trafford.

Pogba, who has told United he wants to join Barcelona, scored the first goal from the penalty spot before Luke Shaw claimed his first senior goal in a 2-1 win.

‘Pogba was a monster,’ Mourinho said after United’s record £89million record signing started against Leicester despite just four days training since returning from winning the World Cup in Russia.

‘Paul was fantastic. His contribution was amazing. We thought a maximum 60 minutes but he managed 80.’

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