Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United: Sign players or expect hard season

Ed Woodward

Ed Woodward has been in charge of transfers for the last five years

Martial was a high profile absentee as United lost 1-0 against Bayern Munich, with Mourinho clearly relieved that his side's troubled pre-season programme had now concluded.

Javi Martinez scored the only goal of the game, heading home from a second-half corner.

"My CEO what I want for quite a long time, he knows what I want", said Mourinho. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.

"So if we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us".

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United have so far signed three players this summer - Brazil midfielder Fred for £47m, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.

The Premier League side recruited Brazilian midfielder Fred as now their sole big money signing, bringing him from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £52 million.

Jose is on a collision course with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward just five days before the start of the new Premier League season.

The strained relationship between the two key figures at Old Trafford is the worst-possible preparation for the new season as United look to close the gap on champions Manchester City and keep up with their other rivals.

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Jose Mourinho has complained about his threadbare squad over the last few weeks, with many players enjoying extended holidays after lengthy World Cup campaigns.

And the return of some of those established stars will only enhance the team's attacking potential.

The Manchester United boss has been an angry man throughout pre-season and the frustration is clearly in danger of boiling over if these latest quotes are anything to go by.

Mourinho made further comments about Martial not returning to the U.S., to which Martial responded by saying "family will always come first".

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