Jose Mourinho says he is surprised the club sold three key players in the years before he arrived at Old Trafford – Angel Di Maria to PSG, Javier Hernandez to Bayern Leverkusen and Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, oversaw the club’s transfer dealings during the previous Louis van Gaal’s regime but Mourinho seems to be unhappy with his dealings.
Mourinho was speaking at the Carrington training HQ with ex-England striker Gary Lineker on the Premier League Show on Thursday night.
He said: “Man Utd sold players that I would never sell. And bought players that I would never buy.
“When I leave a club people probably say the same about me. But I would have never have sold Angel Di Maria, Chicharito and Danny Welbeck. Never. No chance.”
In one revealing section, the Portuguese manager reckons United will never dominant English football again just like they did under Sir Alex Ferguson, the winner of 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.
Mourinho said: “Forget it. It’s not possible. Don’t try to go 10-20 years ago. It’s not possible anymore.
“I have many doubts that dominance is going to be back to the Premier League.
“So my aim here is to win titles, try to be back into the Champions League and try to win Europe.
In Van Gaal’s final season in charge, United finished fifth to qualify for the Europa League and won the FA Cup.