has defiantly claimed that he is not fearing the sack at Manchester United and joked that it would cost the club too much money to get rid of him.
The Special One moved closer to the Old Trafford exit door after defeats by Brighton and Tottenham and would have been in serious danger had they lost to Burnley on Sunday.
But he was feeling in confident mood after Romelu Lukaku’s brace guided them to a 2-0 win and told Italian publication La Repubblica that he did not think he was in danger of losing his job.
‘They say I’m in danger, but I don’t think so,’ he said in a lighthearted fashion:
‘If they sent me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?!’
Mourinho, who earns £15million per year, has been at odds with the club’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward over a lack of transfer activity over the summer.
The 55-year-old publicly demanded a new centre-back but Woodward was unwilling to plough further funds into the squad having already spent £400m since 2016.
The transfer window closed with the £50m midfielder Fred the only major arrival and Manchester United’s leaky defence in the opening three Premier League games served to justify Mourinho’s demand to strengthen his options at the back.
Indeed, many Manchester United fans appear to be on Mourinho’s side of the spat. A group of supporters made their feelings clear by paying for a plane to carry a banner over Turf Moor reading: ‘Ed Woodward: A specialist in failure’.
Asked after the match whether he personally paid for it, Mourinho joked: ‘No… but I could have!’
His position at Old Trafford was also seemingly weakened by his strained relationship with star player Paul Pogba. The Frenchman is a key figure for the club’s global brand and Mourinho’s inability to get the best out of him has become an area of concern for officials.
Pogba is still believed to be seeking a move away from the club for the second time in his career and has, according to reports in Spain and Italy, been eyeing up moves to Barcelona and former club Juventus.