A good day at the office is a rare thing for Jose Mourinho these days, but today was exactly that.
The Manchester United manager finally got a win under his belt after two consecutive losses in the Premier League. His team beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, with star striker Romelu Lukaku getting both goals.
A game that was heading to a comfortable 3 points for Mou’s men was suddenly brought into chaotic life by the referee, who first offered United a penalty, and later in the game, sent off Marcus Rashford for an alleged headbutt on Bardsley.
Paul Pogba, who has already scored twice from the spot this season, stepped up to try to score his side’s third goal of the game. The penalty was taken in perfect Pogba fashion, that included a never-ending slow run-up.
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However, Joe Hart was a man on a mission in goal, and he successfully kept out the Frenchman’s effort by guessing right and diving to the left.
The media wasted no time in trying to search for a weak nerve to crack when they questioned the manager about the missed spot-kick, but Mourinho came prepared. He simply said: ”I never blame a player for missing penalties.”
The Red Devils’ head coach then added: “I blame the ones who refuse to go up there. Paul’s scored some good ones for us.”
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Mourinho also spoke about the performance by saying: “We are Manchester United, this is how we need to play. A lot of actions, and a lot of chances. We defended well and that’s what the fans want to see.”