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Jose Mourinho offered support as he dedicates win to Ed Woodward

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This ****** circus never ends

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Mourinho.
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Jose Mourinho said he only looks up at the sky in order to get help from God, so he didn’t look up at the match against Burnley. The comfortable win, despite a Paul Pogba penalty miss and a red card for Marcus Rashford, saw a plane banner fly over Turf Moor complaining over the state of Ed Woodward’s incompetence. That probably won’t change with a banner, but Woodward is apparently a sensitive soul so it might force him to buck up his ideas in the January transfer window. If he doesn’t, then it would be best for all concerned about watching decent football if he just resigns and joins a competitor, so he can drag them down too.

United fans at the ground gave plenty of support for Mourinho, too, in one of the best showings of away support so far this season. Mourinho might not serve up the most entertaining football, and you don’t have to limit your criticism to just one party at United, but it does feel like a choice between Woodward and Mourinho right now, even if there’s only one person with real power at the club, and that’s Woodward.

Mourinho also offered support for Woodward after the match, saying that Woodward had won 2-0. That’s clever in that it is a dig at Woodward’s ego, but it also is superficially nice, making it harder for the short bozo to sack Mourinho.

Referee Mark Clattenburg thinks that Rashford was right to receive a red card from John Moss against Burnley. He pushed his head into Phil Bardsley, which rarely ever seems to get a red card in other games, so this might well have been the correct decision, but because of inconsistency it’s not really possible to work out if it was one that you could expect to be taken.