3rd September, 2018
Jose Mourinho got a much needed and undiluted backing from the Manchester United fans as they openly protested against the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward before the beginning of the away game against Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
Some Manchester United fans actually paid for a plane to fly over the stadium bearing a banner that read ‘Ed Woodward A Specialist In Failure’ before the match kicked off as the visiting fans showed their support for the ManU manager, Mourinho by chanting his name virtually all through the game.
That protest indicated that a good number of ManU fans are on the side of the manager following a tense transfer window in which some of Mourinho targeted players’ acquisition was said to have been blocked by Woodward,
And of course, they were handsomely rewarded by their team as ManU won the away game with a comfortable 2-0 goal margin to signal the beginning of a resurgence.
It will be recalled that Manchester United has endured a torrid beginning to the new season as it has lost two matches in a row to Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham.
The lads decided to make amends in this game as they came out blazing against Burnley and deservedly won the match courtesy two goals scored by Romelu Lukaku.
Jose Mourinho however somewhat sarcastically dedicated Manchester United’s win over Burnley to Ed Woodward. When asked for his response to the banner, however, Mourinho offered an interesting response as he said:
“I am not looking to the sky unless I am asking the guy for help!”
“I didn’t see planes but Ed Woodward won 2-0 this afternoon.”
The Red Devils deservedly won the match despite Paul Pogba missing a penalty and Marcus Rashford spoiling the party by earning a straight red card in the space of two second-half minutes.
Burnley’s manager, Sean Dyche who was naturally disappointed by the result had this to say about his team’s present situation:
“Disappointment is quickly thought about in the same process as the reality. Manchester United are a very good side. They started hard and fast with the ball and defended strong.”
“Sometimes there is balance to the disappointment. We got about them; the goal on half-time is a sickener for us. I thought Lukaku was excellent. It’s a strange one because we come out of a useful period for experience but a tough period.”