Jose Mourinho comes up smiling as Manchester United beat Burnley
After a week of turmoil and questions, this was Jose Mourinho’s day.
Two first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku were enough for 10-man Manchester United to beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, avoid a third successive Premier League defeat and quell the intense speculation that had been building around Mourinho’s future after two years as manager.
“I am delighted with the result,” he said in his post-match media conference. “But I think some of you must be disappointed. [For you] it would be much better if we lose.”
He was adamant it was about the team and not him, because “the manager does not play”.
However, Lukaku believes his side went through a turning point by beating Sean Dyche’s team and expects their strengths to shine through in the next few weeks.
“In the first half we showed a lot of quality and in the second half we showed a lot of character and mentality,” the Belgium international told MUTV.
”We have the mentality, but it needs to come out a bit more. That is what the manager wants and that is what we need to do. We needed the win, especially after back-to-back losses when we conceded three goals, which didn’t happen last season. We are delighted with the win and we have to move on from this.
“We are Manchester United, this is how we have to play in every game and against Tottenham we did the same. The people will now see a different side of us. Everything that we worked on in the last couple of weeks is coming out now – lots of quick passing, runs in behind, a lot of action and a lot of chances.
“As long as we create chances, we know we will score. We defended well, we tried to press the ball, the fans want to see that and we tried to deliver.”