Mourinho started Marouane Fellaini as a deep-lying midfielder, as well as under-fire centre-backs Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, and he was impressed by the performances of all three, alongside in-form Luke Shaw.
Apart from a couple of late efforts from substitute Sam Vokes, winless Burnley created little and their lack of penetration in the final third could leave them facing a long season ahead.
"I think it's a very good wake-up call for everyone and we can listen more when people talk about the reality and not the perception", he said. United's best course of action might actually be to sack both Mourinho and Woodward but as long as United's stock keeps climbing and they keep making money, the Glazer's are keeping Woodward.
Meanwhile, Watford will be seeking to continue with their fine run in the Premier League where they are undefeated.
'I think at times he got frustrated with me because he knew I could do better, and I look back at times and maybe he was right, ' said Shaw on his relationship with Mourinho.
Manchester United are now on the global break.
"I don't know, I didn't watch", Mourinho said. "I don't see any difference".
A large section of the United support could be heard in booming voice chanting "Mourinho's Red Army" as the manager walked over to give them a round of applause.
"I'm very patient, I know it is going to take time for Manchester United to get back to the level we used to be at, but I'm absolutely convinced that we will get there".
After the game a reflective Dyche said the tough schedule to start the season has been "a useful period of great experience." . Reminding the gathered media how good he used to be - along the lines of "I've won more titles in the English league than the other 19 coaches put together" - and demanding respect have been two such outburts. Everybody wanted to win. When the manager gives me a chance I try to give everything.
"He could have scored more but maybe he was a bit exhausted, playing with 10 men. The whole team played well and that's the most important thing".