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Manchester United chief Woodward has stood by Jose Mourinho in recent times despite links to Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte continuing to intensify.

The Red Devils have, however, looked a far more steady ship as a result. A 3-2 win over Newcastle a month away has paved the way for Premier League wins over Everton and Bournemouth since. A draw against Chelsea was also a positive result, even if Ross Barkley’s late equaliser robbed them of another victory.

Manchester United’s biggest result this season, though, came on Wednesday night. Juventus took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo but Juan Mata’s free-kick and Alex Sandro’s own-goal made it a night to remember.

Woodward is due to talk to club investors on the New York Stock Exchange next Thursday.

And the Manchester Evening News say he will reference the club’s stunning Champions League win when they convene.

For the first time under Woodward, United have beaten a European superpower on the biggest stage of all.

United have endured some horrendous Champions League nights over the last few years.

The 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in 2014 was, in effect, the night David Moyes lost his job. Though United rallied to win the return leg, it was a chastening experience for all involved.

Louis van Gaal fared little better in Europe. A group stage exit in 2015 was dire, not least because they had a relatively straightforward group of Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow.

Even under Mourinho, United have had their troubles. Last season, it was Sevilla who dumped them out. The same Sevilla who finished seventh in La Liga, 35 points behind champions Barcelona.

Woodward, though, will regard that win as significant.

The United boss wants the club to win trophies and, with Mourinho beginning to resemble his old self, it is possible.

The MEN say, however, that Mourinho has two transfer demands.

Woodward will talk up commercial deals at his next meeting, knowing the club are still paying the price for their failures in the summer transfer window.

Mourinho wanted five signings then. He got just three.

And he reportedly still wants a defender and forward signed when the transfer window reopens in January.

United usually choose to conduct their business in the summer.

Mourinho himself is a firm believer that players who join midway through a campaign can encounter issues. Alexis Sanchez at United, Juan Cuadrado at Chelsea and Emmanuel Adebayor at Real Madrid prove that.

But he wants signings. And Woodward’s next meeting with investors could be even bigger should he deliver the players his manager wants.



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