Jose Mourinho comes up smiling as Manchester United beat Burnley
After per week of turmoil and questions, this was Jose Mourinho’s day.
Two first-half targets from Romelu Lukaku had been sufficient for 10-man Manchester United to beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, keep away from a 3rd successive Premier League defeat and quell the extreme hypothesis that had been constructing round Mourinho’s future after two years as supervisor.
“I’m delighted with the consequence,” he stated in his post-match media convention. “However I feel a few of you have to be disillusioned. [For you] it could be a lot better if we lose.”
He was adamant it was concerning the staff and never him, as a result of “the supervisor doesn’t play”.
However from the second 20 minutes earlier than kick-off when a aircraft flew over Turf Moor, trailing a banner studying ‘Ed Woodward – a specialist in failure!’, till 20 minutes after the full-time whistle when he received a jocular argument along with his media officer about which of two questions he ought to reply in his information convention, this was Mourinho’s day.
The Portuguese stated it had not been “a tragic week” at United following Monday’s 3-Zero dwelling defeat by Tottenham. He additionally stated he had not learn the newspapers.
Mourinho would even have wanted to keep away from the radio and TV to overlook the dialogue about his future, fuelled, partly, by his relationship with United’s govt vice-chairman Woodward.
Expressly in opposition to Mourinho’s personal needs, strikes to promote France ahead Anthony Martial and purchase an extra central defender had been blocked earlier than the switch window closed on 9 August.
Such is Woodward’s shut relationship with the Glazer household, who personal United, Mourinho can’t win an inner energy battle.
Nonetheless, he has just a few allies, not least a secretive followers’ group ‘A Voice from the Terrace’ who paid for the aircraft and the banner which criticised what they view as 5 years of unhealthy selections by Woodward, who successfully changed David Gill as chief govt in 2013.
Within the absence of a director of soccer, they maintain Woodward accountable for Mourinho not getting his approach this summer time.
Requested concerning the banner, which flew as his staff had been warming up and he was within the tunnel, Mourinho stated: “I did not see planes. I’m not seeking to the sky until I’m asking the man for assist.
“Ed Woodward received this afternoon. Ed Woodward received 2-0.”
The followers are on Jose’s facet too
The two,433 United followers at Turf Moor first sang Mourinho’s identify because the groups warmed up. They repeated it as their 55-year-old supervisor walked out of the tunnel within the nook of the stadium and throughout the sphere to the guests’ dugout.
Thereafter, barely 5 minutes glided by with out Mourinho listening to his identify being chanted.
Often, he responded with a wave. Generally he was too engrossed within the sport to note.
However on the finish, he walked straight to his left, on to those self same followers, proper as much as the very fringe of the seats that they had spent the earlier two hours not sitting on and began applauding.
As he walked down the size of the away assist he stored applauding. It took him about so long as he spent standing in entrance of the Stretford Finish on Monday after the 3-Zero loss to Tottenham and price him a coat, which was handed to at least one fortunate fan.
In the end, supporters don’t resolve the destiny of managers. However they will actually make it laborious to take away them.
Mourinho stated: “I really feel a bit sorry we did not rating a few targets in entrance of them as a result of it could be magic.”
Marcus Rashford apologised to followers on social media on Sunday night, after receiving the primary pink card of his profession.
Mourinho stated the striker was ‘naive’ following the incident with Burnley’s Phil Bardsley.
Mourinho was requested two questions on the identical time. He needed to reply one about beginning midfielder Marouane Fellaini, however his press officer signalled him to take care of the opposite one as a substitute.
“You’re killing me,” he laughed. “It’s the solely query anybody goes to ask the place I can say ‘it was my determination’.”
The media officer relented and when Mourinho had completed eulogising over the Belgian, he went again to the query she needed to take from an Italian journalist who, it transpired, needed to speak about United’s Champions League opponents Juventus.
“After Liverpool they’ve most likely spent greater than anybody this summer time,” he stated.
Requested whether or not he had thought-about bringing Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo again to Outdated Trafford this summer time as soon as it turned apparent he can be leaving Actual Madrid, Mourinho considered whether or not he ought to reply for a second, earlier than ultimately selecting this: “Cristiano was by no means on my desk to say sure or no to come back to us.”
On this occasion, Woodward was not talked about.