Manchester United can’t afford to sack me, says under-fire manager Jose Mourinho

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The Old Trafford boss joked following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Burnley that it would cost the club ‘a fortune’ to give him the boot

Jose Mourinho has laughed off the doubt surrounding his future as Manchester United manager, joking that it would cost the club a fortune to sack him.

United eased the pressure on their boss on Sunday by responding to back-to-back defeats with a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor – thanks to a Romelu Lukaku brace.

A shock 3-2 defeat to Brighton and then a 3-0 humbling against Tottenham at Old Trafford sparked strong rumours that Mourinho was on the brink on getting the boot.

There were also reports that his relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had soured after a quiet summer transfer window, in which the club failed to land a number of the manager’s top targets.

But Mourinho dismissed the speculation over his job when speaking to the Italian press following Sunday’s victory in Lancashire, with La Repubblica and Gazzetta dello Sport quoting the United boss as saying: “They say I’m in danger, but I don’t think it.

“If they send me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?!”

Ed Woodward has been blasted over his transfer failures

Ed Woodward has been blasted over his transfer failures

The Special One reportedly earns around £15million-per-year as Man United boss and, with his contract running until 2020, would be entitled to a significant pay-off should the Premier League giants choose to give him the sack.

Mourinho also responded to suggestions he was the one who paid for a plane to fly a banner in protest of Ed Woodward – which branded the club chief ‘a specialist in failure’.

The flag was flown over Burnley’s Turf Moor home

The flag was flown over Burnley’s Turf Moor home

In the build-up to the Burnley game it was revealed United supporters had clubbed together to fly the anti-Woodward message over Turf Moor.

Asked by the Italian reporters if he was responsible, Mourinho is said to have replied in jest:  “No… but I could have!”

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