Jose Mourinho stuck up for under-fire Ed Woodward after Manchester United made a timely return to winning ways at Burnley.
Tottenham inflicted the heaviest home defeat of the Portuguese’s managerial career at the start of the week, compounding the shock loss at Brighton.
Mourinho’s men rallied impressively at Turf Moor on Sunday, when Romelu Lukaku’s first half brace secured a win far more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.
The United manager clambered over the advertising hoardings at full time and gave his jacket to one of the fans that had chanted his name throughout, sticking with their team as they did on Monday.
“I think we start winning this match because of Old Trafford after Spurs,” Mourinho said.
“We lose at home, if the fans react bad, the team loses confidence, the week is not a good week, the team feels pressure and the next match is even more difficult.
“We lost at home, the fans were amazing to the team, the team understood that the direction was good, the result was bad.
“The week was not a sad week. It was a very good week of work and we started the week as you saw.
“Then the fans, of course, were together with the team, especially in the way the team was playing and I feel a bit sorry that we didn’t score a couple of goals in front of them because that would be magic for them.”
Victory provided welcome relief as a difficult start to the campaign that had seen pressure mount on players and staff.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward has been the focus of many supporters’ ire and a fan-funded plane flew over Turf Moor describing him as ‘a specialist in failure’.
“You know, in the match I am not looking to the sky – unless I am asking something for the guy to give me help,” Mourinho said of the banner.
“I didn’t see planes but Ed Woodward won this afternoon. He won 2-0.”
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