Jose Mourinho earned his first win in three when his Manchester United side beat Burnley 2-0 at the weekend and the United boss revealed why he was never worried about his future with the club even before the game.
We’re only four games into the new Premier League season but, before Manchester United easily dispatched Burnley on Sunday, Jose Mourinho’s job was already under pressure after losses against Brighton and Spurs this season.
The once ‘Special One’ had become the favourite to ‘win’ the Premier League’s sack race, even with West Ham yet to get off the mark and Claude Puel also under pressure for no apparent reason.
However United were excellent at the weekend and the scoreline ended up flattering their opponents with Paul Pogba having his penalty saved, the Red Devils being unlucky not to win a second spot kick and other chances going begging.
That leaves Mourinho with a bit of breathing space especially with the league on a short hiatus for the first international break of the season.
However the former Real Madrid manager was clearly never actually worried about his immediate future anyway. Talking to Gazzetta dello Sport he revealed why, joking:
“They say I’m in danger, but I don’t think it. If they send me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?”
Mourinho would have been a lot happier with his side’s performance this weekend. Image: PA Images
The 55 year old signed a one year extension in January taking him until the end of the 2019/20 season at Old Trafford but it’s not known exactly how much of his contract he’d be entitled to if he were to be sacked.
His joke could be seen as a dig at Ed Woodward and the club for not signing a defender seeing as they weren’t willing to pay Toby Alderweireld’s transfer fee so why would they pack to sack Mourinho.
Alderweireld was Mourinho’s top target this summer. Image: PA Images
United now go into the international break four points behind Manchester City and six points behind Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford at the top of the table with games against the Hornets, Wolves and West Ham to come this month.
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