Mourinho reveals board backing after United's stunning win over Newcastle

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"It's ridiculous talk to say they don't play for the manager, they play for the club".

"Everything that they did that was quality, Pogba was involved, he really got a grasp of the game in the second half".

The Portuguese coach was expected to be sacked regardless of the result against Rafael Benitez's side, but the team's dramatic 3-2 victory has changed things for the time being.

Meanwhile, Manchester United will now turn their attentions towards the small matter of the crunch showdown against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge after the worldwide break.

"Mourinho's Red "n" White army", hollered fans in the stand. "Jose Mourinho", chimed in another section around J Stand. "Man United will never die".


Elsewhere, The Times report that Mourinho received a pre-match vote of confidence from Woodward via SMS, meaning they are the only people left in the world not using WhatsApp.

It came 11 days after the United boss admitted he "knew we were in trouble" when Bailly and Phil Jones were next up in the penalty shootout against Derby.

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

Juan Mata's free-kick was followed by Anthony Martial's equaliser, setting the stage for a 90th minute victor from Alexis Sanchez, who had been dropped by Mourinho before coming off the bench in the second half.

But dig they did.


Mirror also give another explanation for United's hesitancy to get rid of Mourinho, as they feel there is now no viable replacement out there.

"At halftime we spoke, everybody, and the team faced the second half with a different spirit, a different belief, giving everything for the victory", he said. Beating Newcastle, at home, is not a told-you-so moment.

Shearer believes United will still lose games over the coming weeks due to Mourinho chopping, changing and criticising his defenders.

The visitors' goals resulted from appalling defending from a United side that has looked weak in that department all season, both coming from Newcastle throw-ins which would have been dealt with by an organised defence. Probably not. Four of the next six games are against City, Chelsea and Juventus twice, so the issue of Mourinho's future will remain firmly on the table.


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