Manchester United Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly keen on acquiring forward Douglas Costa from Juventus. The Vice Chairman delivered the sack message to Jose Mourinho in a brief meeting at the club’s training ground on Tuesday.

Mourinho and Woodward has been at loggerhead since the start of the current season. This is believed to be due to the Vice Chairman’s refusal to sign a defender last summer, owing to the fact the club have already acquired two defender under the Portuguese tactician.

The Sun reports that Jose Mourinho was aware of Woodward interest in landing Douglas Costa from Juventus. The Brazilian is likely to join the club, considering the lack of game time he has the Turin club. The Bianconeri side signed Costa on permanent time last summer, but the Brazilian is yet to be utilized.

The report also claims that before he was sacked, Mourinho was told that United will also be looking to sign a new central defender in January.

Manchester United have replaced the Portuguese with former player Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer on interim basis while Mike Phelan who was an assistant under Sir Alex Fergusen returns.

Woodward according to reports is keen on bringing Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochetinno to the Old Trafford, but will have to spend big considering he signed a five year contract extension, coupled with the shrewd method at which Daniel Levy carries out business.