CHRISTMAS time is a time for thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves.

With that in mind spare a thought for poor old José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix.

The 53-year-old from Old Trafford is a desperate case. He’s spent close to £300m on footballers over the last two years but he says that isn’t enough.

To make matters worse, a group of bigger boys from Burnley turn up at his home and had the cheek to come away with a 2-2 draw. It could have been worse for old Jose had he not been rescued by a young scamp by the name of Jesse Lingard.

Please, if you have any heart at all, do all you can this winter for little Jose. If you have a spare £30m lying around, we know he’ll spend it wisely.

It’ll mean so much to him if he can just quieten his noisy neighbours and get the better of smaller sides who he has, for many years, expected to beat easily.

Christmas is also a time for good cheer and it’s that – rather than the whinging United manager – that we should probably focus on.

On Boxing Day at Old Trafford we were just a couple of minutes away from snatching what would have been our best result in any of our Premier League campaigns.

Yes the win at Chelsea was fabulous but the three we almost won at Manchester United would have surely been even sweeter given the players we were missing.

And not only that, we were 2-0 up at half-time and deservedly so!

Ashley Barnes caused United problems from the off and it was he who lashed home from five yards to give us the early lead.

If there was an element of scrappiness about the first goal, there was nothing but pure majesty on show with the second.

Steven Defour curled the most sumptuous of free-kicks into the top corner giving David De Gea absolutely no chance.

To be fair to United, the second half was pretty much one way traffic and it was heart-breaking for the Clarets as sub Lingard first finished with a delightful flick and then poked home in stoppage time after we failed to clear a free-kick.

Still, we have to be pretty content not only with the point but where we find ourselves heading into the last game of 2017.

It’s been a year to savour – let’s hope 2018 brings even more!