Ex-United chief Kenyon urges Mourinho and Woodward to repair rift

Ex-Manchester United chief Peter Kenyon urges Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to repair rift and bring back the good times to Old Trafford

  • Manchester United have suffered a turbulent build-up to the new season
  • Jose Mourinho has expressed frustration at the club’s summer recruitment
  • This has led to strained relations with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward
  • Former United chief executive Kenyon has urged them to bury the hatchet

Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport

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Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have been urged to put their heads together and bring the good times back to Manchester United, by the club’s former chief executive Peter Kenyon.

Kenyon was a key figure at United during the glory years of Sir Alex Ferguson and has watched from a distance as the Red Devils have struggled to land the Premier League title for the past five years.

Their hopes of ending that sequence this term have not been helped by a pre-season dominated by Mourinho’s gloomy demeanour and clear frustration over transfers, an issue which places his relationship with executive vice-chairman Woodward in the spotlight.

Peter Kenyon has urged Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to put aside their differences

Peter Kenyon has urged Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to put aside their differences

Woodward (L) and Mourinho (R), seen chatting last week, have barely spoken this summer

Woodward (L) and Mourinho (R), seen chatting last week, have barely spoken this summer

Kenyon acknowledges things have yet to click two years into the Portuguese’s reign but does believe it can happen.

‘They have to work it out and they’ll find a way of working it out,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.

‘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 working it out 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.

Mourinho's frustrations and gloomy demeanour have cast a shadow over United's summer

Mourinho’s frustrations and gloomy demeanour have cast a shadow over United’s summer

Kenyon was chief executive at Chelsea when Mourinho began his first spell there in 2004

Kenyon was chief executive at Chelsea when Mourinho began his first spell there in 2004

MANCHESTER UNITED UPCOMING FIXTURES 

FRIENDLY

Sunday – Bayern Munich (A)

PREMIER LEAGUE

Friday – Leicester City (H)

August 19 – Brighton (A)

August 27 – Tottenham (H)

September 1 – Burnley (A)

September 15 – Watford (A) 

‘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.’

Kenyon sees Manchester City’s rise as particularly difficult for United to deal with but is sure his old side have everything they need to close the gap on last year’s runaway champions.

‘They’ve got more competition than they’ve ever had before and it’s coming from the other side of the city,’ he said.

‘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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