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Lukaku hits double to ease pressure on Red Devils boss Jose.

Premier League BURNLEY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2 By SIMON PEACH JOSE MOURINHO thanked Manchester United fans for propelling their side to a timely win.

As if the defeat at Brighton was not enough, the pressure increased heading to Burnley after Tottenham inflicted the heaviest home defeat of the Portuguese's managerial career on Monday.

Mourinho's men rallied impressively at Turf Moor and Romelu Lukaku's first-half brace secured a win far more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

| Manager Jose celebrates The United manager clambered over the advertising hoardings at full-time and gave his jacket to one of the fans that had chanted his name throughout, sticking with their team as they did on Monday.

"I think we start winning this match because of Old Trafford after Spurs," Mourinho said.

"We lose at home, if the fans react bad, the team loses confidence, the week is not a good week, the team feels pressure and the next match is even more difficult.

"The week was not a sad week. It was a very good week of work and we started the week as you saw.

"Then the fans, of course, were together with the team."

Put to him that the fans' response to him was particularly notable, Mourinho added: "But with me is not important. Important is the team.

"I have miles and miles and miles on the touchline to cope with every different reaction from the crowd. For the players, it's more important.

"I am really happy with the performance, with the result and to give that good feeling to the fans and to say, honestly, that probably they are the biggest (ones) responsible for our week because of the way they reacted after Spurs."

Executive vice-chairman Woodward has been the focus of many supporters' ire and a fanfunded plane flew over Turf Moor describing him as 'a specialist in failure'.

Mourinho yesterday's win Mourinho said of the banner: "I didn't see planes but Ed Woodward won this afternoon. He won 2-0."

It would have been 3-0 had Joe Hart not have saved Paul Pogba's penalty shortly before Marcus Rashford was sent off for putting his head into Phil Bardsley's after reacting to a kick.

"I don't know, I didn't watch," Mourinho said.

"(Referee Jonathan) Moss had a good game, a good performance, really.

"I think the same as the the two assistants and in that action the only thing I can say is that probably the experience of Bardsley, with 20 years of football, against the impulse and naivety of a guy that is on top football for about three years but is still a young kid.

"Harsh? I don-t know - could get a yellow card for both and keep going."

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