We haven’t lost Hart, just energy, says Joe as Burnley take rest

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Jose Mourinho

However, the star man of the United defence was Marouane Fellaini who put in an excellent performance in a deep laying midfield role, where he was able to nearly completely nullify any attack that Burnley managed to muster up.

Manchester United came back to winning ways as they beat Burnley, 2-0, courtesy of a brace from Belgium's World Cup hero Romelu Lukaku.

United had a chance to make it three from the spot after Rashford went down under challenge from Aaron Lennon but Pogba's effort was superbly saved by former Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, who had been taunted throughout by the travelling support.

The first worldwide break of the season is officially upon us, and it should serve as something of a rest period for quite a few managers in this league.

United started the season with two defeats from their first three games, but Mourinho drew the focus onto himself, rather than performances on the pitch, with a number of eye-catching public statements, including quoting German philosopher Georg Hegel and asking for more "respect" for his achievements.

Despite playing more than 50 times in both of Mourinho's seasons at United, Rashford has not been a fixture in the starting line-up and United are not short of attacking options either, especially since Alexis Sanchez's arrival in January.

"Burnley have proved before me that they can handle the Premier League and now it's our time to show that". Imagine if it was reversed - United beating Burnley on Monday night in a not-so-important-big-match that no one would really talk about, before losing 3-0 at Old Trafford this last weekend. It was a very good week of work and we started the week as you saw.

Nicol added: "I'll be honest, I think the problem is the manager". It would be embarrassing for any manager, so where on earth he thought he was on safe ground to come in and say he was so happy with the performance, is just beyond me.

Jose Mourinho joked it would cost Manchester United too much to sack him, as he dismissed concerns his job at the club is in danger.

"The spirit was great", he said.

"If they sent me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?" Everybody wanted to win.

Mourinho claimed that several reporters had been hoping for United's losing streak to continue so that they would have more to write about. "The whole team played well and that's the most important thing".

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