Jose Mourinho has been left 'fuming' after Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward cancelled a meeting the pair had planned to discuss January transfer targets and potential plans to install a director of football at Old Trafford. 

The summer transfer window saw only two arrivals intended for first team action, with backup goalkeeper Lee Grant joining Fred and Diogo Dalot on the signing list between seasons – while Mourinho was hoping to bring in a high-profile defender, with Toby Alderweireld and Jerome Boateng in mind.

The Sun report that Mourinho, who asked for the meeting last week, was told that Woodward would be unable to attend, dealing another blow to Mourinho in a month laden with frustrations.

Speaking after United's defeat to Juventus in the Champions League last week, Mourinho disclosed details of a conversation he had with Juve owner Andrea Agnelli, who he said was aiming to win ten consecutive Serie A titles. 

Mourinho said: "So they won seven in a row, but they bought Cristiano and Bonucci and Can and Cancelo, so they always want more and more and more. I think the objective of the club is happiness related to football results. They are going to chase that treble. If it is not this year, they are going to chase it next year. If it is not next year, they are going to chase it in the other years.”

Asked why United are failing to match last season's runners-up spot in the Premier League, Mourinho added: “My belief is that you did not take me seriously when I said that the second position last season was a phenomenal position for us and that this season was going to be difficult. In football now, every team is getting really powerful and is ready to invest millions.”