Mourinho says 'manhunt' against him affecting Manchester United players

Jose Mourinho is not facing the immediate threat of being sacked according to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is not facing the immediate threat of being sacked according to Manchester United

The thrilling win has apparently left Mourinho much more secure of his job for the moment, but the financial consequences of getting rid of him could be one of the reasons the club has chose to stick by him. These are not words we are accustomed to hearing in relation to footballers.

With rumours swirling that he is to be sacked irrespective of Manchester United's result against Newcastle United this weekend, Jose Mourinho made the curious decision to arrive at Old Trafford especially early ahead of today's game. The truth, however, lies somewhat closer to home.

Sure, it started off well with a swift return to the Champions League by way of winning a silver pot with slightly more prestige than the Carabao Cup, yet after a torrid start to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, the Mourinho-United liaison has become an unsalvageable mess. "You put in doubt the honesty and professionalism of the players", he added. 'It touches us, you know'. It is no place for faint hearts and uncertain minds.

An animated Mourinho reacted with fury, screaming at his players and gesticulating wildly.

Mourinho was justified in feeling relieved amid a swirl of speculation about him being fired as manager during the last weekend of action for two weeks before the worldwide break.

"Some of the boys in the team have never seen a man hunted". 'They were not ready for this level of pressure that the manhunt is bringing.

"In my football memories, I remember when I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed that the stadium was singing their song, but now I am in a situation where I'm losing 2-0 at home in a match everyone knows is important for us to win, and they were unbelievable".

And at half-time we spoke, everybody, and the team faced the second half with a different spirit, a different belief, giving everything for the victory.

Rashford missed two glaring chances with his head before his number also went up.

Manchester United have urged Zinedine Zidane to keep himself available. Mourinho has chopped and changed so many times, is it any surprise his defenders have forgotten how to defend?

"We can not upset, because we did so well for a while, and we deserved more". That has to affect their confidence'.

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Mourinho reacted quickly and replaced Eric Bailly with Mata after just 18 minutes but the momentum was well and truly with Newcastle.

"We have some kind of situation with Man United". "That's what the fans want to see, that's the way we want to play".

Paul Pogba, stripped of the vice captaincy, led the fightback.

Martial played a quick one-two with Pogba, finally controlling the ball after the midfielder's back-heel flick and delivering a powerful right-footed strike from 12 yards that sailed past Dubravka.

But dig they did.

"I used to say in my football memories that one day I beat Liverpool in Anfield 4-1 and I was amazed with the stadium singing Liverpool songs, I was amazed and full of respect by that".

Scheduled to kick-off at 5:30pm, Mourinho and his staff were said to arrive before 12:00pm this afternoon. Beating Newcastle, at home, is not a told-you-so moment.

The on-loan Chelsea forward ran onto a pass from Ayoze Perez and dribbled once before turning Ashley Young around and firing right-footed for his first goal of the season. In the second half, it's pride.

One win over a struggling side will convince nobody, but United were hugely impressive in the last half hour and had bombarded the away goal before Mata's breakthrough.

"What Mourinho has to understand is the game has evolved".

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