Despite the ongoing turmoil, with his club languishing at 6th in the Premier League, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had a reason to cheer on Saturday after his team beat Fulham 4-1, ending a four-match winless streak. The Red Devils put in a professional display in front of a packed Old Trafford crowd, dismantling a team which is bottom of the table.
After the match, Mourinho, buoyed by the victory, managed to bring a smile on his face, which was followed by a hilarious exchange with the media. At the post-match press conference, the Portuguese, after seeing no water bottle or glass of water at this table, joked that the club may well be trying to cut expenditure in order to increase its funds for the transfer window.
“Are we saving money? No water! Are we saving money for January?!" he exclaimed, drawing a laughter from the media present at the venue.
While the ongoing season has been nothing short of a disaster for Mourinho, he got a reason to smile with his players putting a brave display against Claudio Ranieri's side on Saturday.
United headed into this fixture on the back of two 2-2 draws, while also failing to win any of their past four matches in the league. But they made a brilliant start at Old Trafford to bring the crowd on their side.
Ashley Young, captain for the day, did brilliantly on the left wing, beating his marker with a lucky nutmeg before placing his shot beyond a hapless Sergio Rico.
Unlike their previous games, where they were put on the backfoot by the opposition, the Red Devils didn't let the momentum stop, and put in a rampage display against a hapless Fulham side.
Juan Mata, recalled into the playing XI, made it 2-0 on the 28th minute before Romelu Lukaku got his first home goal in the Premier League since March in the 42nd minute.
Fulham got better in the second half, and pulled one back in the 67th minute, with Aboubakar Kamara converting a penalty. But their efforts to salvage anything were extinguished a minute later as Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa got sent-off.
Against 10 men, United took to Fulham and sealed the three points in the 82nd minute, with Marcus Rashford getting his name on the scoresheet.