Manchester United’s commander-in-chief Edward Woodward has delayed his flight out to the United States of America as he looks to finalise two more signings for the club. That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who adds that the Vice-Chairman was expected to be in Houston for tonight’s derby.
On top of that, Jose Mourinho and the aforementioned Woodward are set to meet for the first time of the summer since the gaffer expressed concerns over the club’s transfer business thus far.
He is now not expected to join the tour until after the derby, for which he was initially supposed to be with the squad for.
The MEN also say that he is having difficulty with negotiations regarding Ivan Perisic, Nemanja Matic and Eric Dier.
To me, the fact that he is skipping arguably the biggest game of the tour tells us one of two things – either a transfer is close, or that Mourinho has told him to stay back and keep working hard to push through at least one more signing before the transfer window closes next week.
So far, the Red Devils have added two players to the squad, in the form of Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof. Initially, Mourinho wanted four, but in a press conference yesterday, he claimed that three would do.
"Our squad is not so big. I asked for four players and I'm ready to go from four to three, because the market is difficult." #MUTOUR
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 20, 2017
In my opinion, or squad is looking dangerously thin right now and we definitely need as many bodies as possible – particularly with our current injury situation.