Ahead of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley, a plane flew over Turf Moor with a banner that read ‘Ed Woodward – a specialist in failure’, quoting Jose Mourinho’s comments about Arsene Wenger.
Woodward failed to back Mourinho in the transfer market, vetoing the manager’s wishes to buy Premier League proven defender Toby Alderweireld, and United have paid the price in the opening weeks of the season.
United’s CEO has repeatedly briefed the press, defending the decision not to fork out the money Mourinho asked for and informing us that he is now a regular presence at training, but this hasn’t washed with many of the supporters.
While Mourinho isn’t universally loved by the fans, given a choice between him and Woodward, it is clear whose side they’re on. Throughout the game against Burnley, United’s vocal travelling fans sung Mourinho’s name on repeat.
However, after the game, Mourinho diplomatically played down the banner, claiming that a United win is a Woodward win.
You know, in the match I am not looking to the sky – unless I am asking something for the guy to give me help. I didn’t see planes, but Ed Woodward won this afternoon. He won 2-0.
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