Jose Mourinho is growing increasingly frustrated with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward.
The Red Devils chief admitted after the win over Everton that he may be forced into the transfer market this month.
One of the names to be linked is Tottenham defender Danny Rose, who Mourinho believes is available for around £50million.
But sources claim that Mourinho is frustrated that Woodward has suggested younger, cheaper alternatives.
He is believed to have told the United boss that if he is to get Rose, he will have to offload some players or wait until the summer.
Mourinho said in December that he needs to spend a lot more than the £300m he already has, if United are to compete with neighbours Manchester City.
Despite still living in the Lowry Hotel, the Portuguese’s wish is to extend his stay at United beyond next season.
But frustrations with Woodward could force him into a rethink.
United beat Everton 2-0 on New Year’s Day as Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard found the net.
But they remain 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who beat Watford on Tuesday.