Jose Mourinho defends Ed Woodward after Manchester United fans’ ‘specialist in failure’ banner at Burnley

JOSE MOURINHO defended Ed Woodward after masterminding Manchester United’s much-needed win over Burnley.

Disgruntled Red Devils fans flew a plane over Turf Moor before kick-off, calling United’s executive vice-chairman “a specialist in failure”.

 Manchester United fans arranged a banner to fly across Turf Moor during the win over Burnley

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Manchester United fans arranged a banner to fly across Turf Moor during the win over Burnley
 Jose Mourinho was delighted with the win and dedicated it to Ed Woodward

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Jose Mourinho was delighted with the win and dedicated it to Ed Woodward

Manchester United show their support for manager Jose Mourinho as they belt out chant about him at Turf Moor

Mourinho, 55, has been at loggerheads with the Old Trafford board this summer over their reluctance to buy a defender from his wishlist.

But, after watching Romelu Lukaku end United’s two-game losing run with double against the Clarets, he insisted Woodward was the big winner on the day.

Mourinho said: “During the match I'm not looking to the sky, unless I'm looking to the man for help.

“But this afternoon Ed Woodward won, he won 2-0.”

 The relationship between Woodward and Mourinho has been heavily scrutinised over recent weeks

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The relationship between Woodward and Mourinho has been heavily scrutinised over recent weeks
 Woodward was labelled a "specialist in failure" by United fans after his poor transfer window

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Woodward was labelled a "specialist in failure" by United fans after his poor transfer window

United’s win was tempered by substitute Marcus Rashford getting sent off after just 10 minutes on the pitch.

The England youngster was involved in an ugly confrontation with ex-Red Phil Bardsley where he appeared to headbutt the Burnley full-back.

Bardsley, who seemed to kick out at Rashford to start the melee, escaped with a booking.

Speaking about the incident, Mourinho refused to slam his “naive” striker.

He added: “I would say naive. A kid and an experienced man. Marcus is still a naive boy.”

JOSE MOURINHO defended Ed Woodward after masterminding Manchester United’s much-needed win over Burnley.