Whether or not the player stays, though, remains to be seen.
Woodward's biggest challenge is to fix that as quickly and as effectively as possible and according to a reported job advert from United, he may have found a way to do that.
That's according to the Manchester Evening News, who say Ed Woodward and club chiefs are backing Mourinho - for now. If they called me, I would go; I would enjoy it.
"This is what I like and what I have done all my life".
Mourinho has so far been reluctant to cash in on the French World Cup victor, despite his inconsistent displays in a United top, but Calciomercato suggests that he would be prepared to part company if his conditions are met.
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We are trying to implement his philosophy. "We're the ones playing on the pitch for the national team". Our objective is to take the team to a higher level.
"The other United players would try to wind him up".
"And he would shrug his shoulders and smile again".
And Cantona believes the man who guided City to their runaway 2017-18 title would have been a much better appointment for United than Mourinho, whose style of play he is also critical of.
"I do think he'll bring success to United, but it needs patience".
"He's one of those awesome managers, I learnt a lot with him". He wants to progress with the players he has. Football changes a lot, it's like black and white, black and white, and he's still there.
Mourinho has been bombarded with criticism from all sides of late with two defeats from their first four games already leaving the club way off the pace in the race for the Premier League.