Following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley, Jose Mourinho climbed over the advertising hoardings to celebrate with the fans.
Our away end was in full voice over the 90 minutes and were rewarded with the three points.
This is my manager. The away fans 100% behind him pic.twitter.com/Z2m7jrlq2o
— Andy Thompson (@andy_thomo) September 2, 2018
United fans were immense this afternoon, singing from start to finish. Final whistle goes and Mourinho goes straight to them to thank them for the support. The connection between him and the fans brilliant to see.👏🏻#mufc pic.twitter.com/4SRi5g8qSI
— Simply Utd (@SimplyUtd) September 2, 2018
On a day when fans had weirdly paid to fly a plane over the crowd with a message deriding Ed Woodward, Mourinho will have felt supported by the away end who repeatedly sang his name throughout the game. United fans are still split when it comes to the manager, but when it’s him against Ed, there’s no question whose side the majority of supporters fall on.
Mourinho has regularly acknowledged how special our support is, most recently following the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. He took to the pitch to applaud the Stretford End with a United scarf in is hand.
In his post-match press conference, he was full of praise for the way we responded to the performance, and the defeat.
All our fans don’t read papers, all our fans don’t watch television, all our fans are more intelligent than that. They answer in an absolutely amazing way. I don’t think it’s normal for a team to lose 3-0 at home, and for the supporters to react in that way.
Ahead of the Burnley game, Mourinho again talked up the fans and claimed their support had meant the players had enjoyed a positive week on the training ground.
The players showed passion and I think the reaction of the fans was not for me, but for the players, for the team. It was for us, as a team. But the fans were behind the team since the first minute because the team was playing magnificently. So it was a reaction to say, OK, we lost and the defeat means always zero points, even if you play well, but the way the team played and fought, I think the fans decided to have that reaction.
In relation to me, I know the majority of the stadiums are used to the winning manager, to jump around and to go to the crowd, and to show his face and put his face in the front of the camera. With me, that is not happening. Normally when I win I’m the first one to leave. But a defeat at home, that’s the way I am. I had to go to the pitch and see the reaction. And the reaction could be both ways. But I felt really humbled and the team felt really supported, and probably because of that this week wasn’t a difficult week at all. It was a week where people were positive and where we are convinced we deserved much more than what we got on Monday. We know we have a difficult match this weekend but we are positive.