Sources have told ESPN FC that a technical director is favoured by Woodward and United's owners, the Glazer family, with the appointment working alongside Woodward and Mourinho rather than being handed the responsibility of driving the recruitment process.
But the least United fans could have expected was to go down fighting.
A testing summer has left the man in charge at Old Trafford cutting a frustrated figure, with there a feeling that he has been denied the backing from his board required to deliver success.
Paul Pogba converted a penalty for Manchester United in the fifth minute of stoppage time to bring some respectability to the scoreline, after which figures showed that Balogun exceled after his introduction in the 20th minute. "He is a proven manager but the style he's playing at United doesn't suit the club and never will".
Pogba is undoubtedly one of the most talented midfielder's in world football, particularly after his dominant displays at the World Cup.
Finally United had got one up on Pep and his army of talent, but fast forward eight months and it is fair to say that things haven't worked out the way Jose Mourinho had hoped.
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The one thing that goes in Mourinho's favour is the dearth of top-quality candidates now available to replace him.
When is the last time teams turned up to Old Trafford thinking they had no chance of winning?
Some people need to talk for fear of being forgotten.
"Manchester United now have to do the same". Manchester City will be hard caught but the club have the financial resources and training facilities to give it a proper go.
Former Australia global and ex-Borussia Dortmund star Ned Zelic says it is clear to see that a number of journalists have an agenda against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and can not wait to smash him. Their supporters mock rivals Liverpool as their 28-year wait for a Premier League title continues.
More results and performances like the Brighton one are a given this season and a parting of the ways is inevitable.
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