Woodward is ready to prioritise Mourinho’s summer demands even ahead of the Old Trafford expansion plan

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United are set to spend heavily during the summer on bolstering our squad rather than performing renovations on Old Trafford.

We had planned to increase the capacity of Old Trafford from 75, 000 to 88, 000. However, the plans have now been put on hold in order to allow Jose Mourinho to go on a spending spree during the summer.

It is likely that we will fork out heavily to bolster our midfield department given that the futures of Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are clouded in speculation, while Michael Carrick is set to retire at the end of the season.

Despite having spent more than £300 million since arriving at Old Trafford, Mourinho still wants to spend more in order to build a team that can challenge for major honours going forward. Ed Woodward and other board members from within our club have given the green signal to Mourinho’s demands and will put plans to renovate the Stadium on hold.

Mourinho recently complained about the lack of atmosphere at the “theatre of dreams” and it now appears that we are determined to renovate the legendary ground in the near future. Fans have voiced their complaints about the layout of the ground as well as the level of corporate hospitality which is available.

Despite plans being made by the club to consider expanding the Sir Bobby Charlton stand, it now seems that those plans will be put in the backburner until further notice. Extending the stand will also be impractical due to the railway that runs adjacently.

An industry insider indicated that we are falling behind our neighbours Manchester City, adding:

“It’s accepted that when it comes to corporate hospitality, City are streets ahead.

“United still have the big pull, because of the prestige and history of the club, (but) City’s Tunnel Club is 10 years ahead of anything they have at Old Trafford.

“It’s not that United’s offering is not good, because it is. However, there is no wow factor. You’re talking good at United, but out-of-this-world at City.”

It makes sense for the United board to support Mourinho financially in the summer and put the plans of revamping the stadium aside. Of course, we need quality reinforcements in summer with Fellaini and Ibrahimovic likely to depart our club.

Mourinho has already spoken that his priority in summer lies in strengthening the defence and midfield. So let’s hope he gets the financial backing in the next transfer window.