It was looking like the final nail had been hammered into Mourinho's coffin on Saturday evening, as his disorientated United side conceded two sloppy goals within the opening 10 minutes against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
On Sunday, an animated Mourinho reacted with fury as his side trailed 2-0, screaming at his players and gesticulating wildly.More news: That wasn't a UFO. SpaceX launch lights up Southern California sky
It's even said that the former World Cup victor has "compiled a list of potential future signings" as he looks to restore the confidence of the club.
However, the club moved quickly to rubbish rumours of Mourinho's sacking. "It is much less his style".More news: Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it "best gaming processor"
"I've spoken about it with him and the truth is that it doesn't attract him". "You can't go fighting a war on your own, you've got to fight it together and I think that would be the biggest thing about Saturday - all of a sudden everyone came together". "He has chosen to have a year out, he will not dive in again before that is over". At the end of last season the French coach abandoned the reigning Champions League champions despite having time left to run on his contract. The board could then "sack him by paying less than a year's salary".
And BBC pundit Crooks believes Mourinho should start grovelling.
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