Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward must settle differences, says former Man United chief

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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

Peter Kenyon

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.

“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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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson hopes to get back to his best as Man United left-back begins Scunthorpe loan

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in action for Man United v Chelsea.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is looking to make up for lost time and get back to his best as the Manchester United left-back begins his season-long loan at Scunthorpe.

Thrust into the spotlight as a teenager by Louis van Gaal during the 2015/16 season, the defender produced performances for his hometown club that belied his tender years.

Borthwick-Jackson made 14 appearances for United but has since seen his progress stunted, with tough loan spells at Wolves and Leeds making him all the more hungry after joining League One side Scunthorpe.

“On a personal note, the ambition is to get back to where I know I can be and play as many games as I can,” the 21-year-old said ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Coventry.

“But as a collective, I want to help the team push for promotion and obviously give the fans something to be excited about along the way.

“I probably do better when I have a run of games and get into my stride.

“When I was at Wolves, the first game I played I got man of the match and the next game I was in the stands, so it was a bit of a strange one.

“I feel like this manager (Nick Daws) has faith in me. He’s going to give me the chance and hopefully I can repay that by good performances.”

Borthwick-Jackson was given his chance by Louis van Gaal.

Borthwick-Jackson was given his chance by Louis van Gaal.

Borthwick-Jackson managed just 13 first-team appearances across his loans with Wolves and Leeds – a challenging period for a player who can count a win at Liverpool and Champions League appearance among career highlights.

“I think you’ve got to take positives out of the negatives because there’s only one thing that could have made me and that is stronger mentally,” said the defender, contracted to United until at least 2020.

“I know how to deal with setbacks and knocks, and I just have to find a way to overcome them. Hopefully this season I can push on and show the fans what I am about.”

Glanford Park could scarcely be more different to Old Trafford but Borthwick-Jackson’s excitement at joining Scunthorpe is clear, especially with manager Daws exuding the kind of belief that he felt during his United ascendancy.

“I felt I did well when I first broke into the first-team,” Borthwick-Jackson said.

“I felt like I had two managers who showed a lot of faith in me. They kick-started my career.

“The first being Warren Joyce, who helped me out through the U23s, got me as fit as a butcher’s dog because I was running for days.

“Then Van Gaal, who showed a lot of faith in me, throwing me in must-win games and Champions League away at Wolfsburg, stuff like that.

“I don’t speak to him at all now, but he’d have his staff having one-to-ones with you after games, telling what you did good, telling you what you did bad.

“He’s very proactive in terms of that and helped me out a lot.”

Ashley Young has reverted to wing back under Jose Mourinho and has flourished.

Ashley Young has reverted to wing back under Jose Mourinho and has flourished.

Current United boss Jose Mourinho tries to “keep in touch regularly” and Borthwick-Jackson knows the club are constantly keeping tabs on him.

The defender “would like to think” he can still make his mark at the club he joined aged six, with left-back Ashley Young – the player he replaced in United’s win at Anfield in 2016 – among those acting as inspiration.

“It’s crazy,” Borthwick-Jackson said. “The consistency he shows and how committed he is to the game is just something that I look at and think ‘that’s what I need to be doing’.”

Put to him that the likes of Young and Luke Shaw provide quite the competition, he added: “Yeah, but I feel when I get back to my best, then hopefully I can be challenging.”

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Man United to demand Lewandowski in any offer Bayern Munich make for Anthony Martial

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Manchester United will demand Robert Lewandowski in any offer Bayern Munich make for Anthony Martial, according to reports.

Martial is a mercurial talent but has failed to fully live up to his potential during three seasons at Old Trafford, and both player and coach Jose Mourinho are believed to be keen on moving on.

Martial’s future remains uncertain as Mourinho is willing to sell the France international, although he is believed to only want to move him to a club outside of England.

Chelsea and Arsenal are both keen on a deal for Martial, while Bavarian giants Bayern are also interested.

According to the Sun, Mourinho remains a huge admirer of Lewandowski and has already tried to bring the 29-year-old Poland international to Old Trafford.

Should Bayern push to sign Martial before the end of the transfer window next Thursday, United will want Lewandowski included in the deal.

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“Bayern are still keen and United have been after Lewandowski for a long time and want him,” a source close to United told the Sun.

“His agent is close to Jose and United and he is keeping them both in the loop along with Real Madrid.”

United’s hierarchy, meanwhile, want the sulky yet sublimely talented 22-year-old Martial to remain at the club.

He has less than a year remaining on his current contract, although United have the option to extend that for a further 12 months.

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