Manchester United 'couldn't afford another defeat' vs. Newcastle - Juan Mata

Manchester United dismiss Mourinho sack reports

Manchester United dismiss Mourinho sack reports

Mourinho, though, has to want it to be positive; a catalyst.

They had just seen substitute Alexis Sanchez score a 90th minute victor, only his fourth goal in 26 games since a January move from Arsenal and his first in the league since March.

The victory was a crucial one, and came only after Juan Mata and Anthony Martial had brought the Red Devils level after they found themselves 2-0 down to Rafael Benitez's men at half-time.

This was only the second home win in six for Mourinho's men.

"It's not good for the heart when it is like this but it is satisfying to win and the way we did in the second half was the way we should always play football", the Belgian told MUTV.

United recovered from a slow start against Newcastle on Saturday and completed a dramatic comeback as Alexis Sanchez headed home a late victor.

Amid newspaper speculation he could be sacked this weekend, Mourinho's side fell 2-0 behind as early as the 10th minute after goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto fired the visitors - who haven't won in the league this season - into a shock lead.

The confidence of the visiting fans belied the fact that they had yet to win any of their seven league games so far.

"He's on holiday mode", was how Lancombe described him recently, whilst his team also pointed out that Zidane is capitalising on his time away from the game.

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A pathetic first half made manager Jose Mourinho's position look more perilous than ever, despite senior United figures denying a report in the build-up that the Portuguese's job was in immediate danger.

Asked about his future at the club, Mourinho said: "They gave me contract until July, 2020".

"I will say that today the victory is a pride victory". It is about the football club they love and the football club we represent with honour and dignity.

"Pogba started at centre-half, him and Matic in the second half, and he had the most touches, most shots, the most passes, most sprints in the game, but the thing with him was that he needed to show up in this game", said Wright.

"I'm amazed by that response [from the crowd]".

"We couldn't afford another defeat, especially for the fans".

This could be a pivotal moment in Mourinho's reign, coming back from two goals down against a Newcastle team who deserved at least a point, but ended up defeated. One wonders what his reaction would have been had United lost.

While the grand old stadium was rocking, Mourinho barely reacted to Sanchez's victor.

"The team in my opinion didn't cope well with the pressure of the man-hunting", he said. Last year, we were in the bottom five teams in the table in December, and still we finished 10th.

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