Jose Mourinho given private support from Manchester United

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"We had a big fight to get him in the summer, it wasn't easy and I'm delighted he has had such a great season". The rant could have been directed at those who have been critical of his management, which includes television pundits such as Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

It has been claimed in some quarters that Manchester United's comeback win over Newcastle United on Saturday could have saved Mourinho from being sacked. Should the FA charge him, it will...

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The many concerns of those fans who fill Old Trafford every week will not evaporate during the week-long global break, but at least they went home smiling after a super comeback. As loud as the Old Trafford faithful cheered Sanchez's victor, this is still a team that is underperforming to an astonishing degree and while there are many reasons for that - the owners, the board, the players all deserve some blame - no one appears more responsible right now than Mourinho.

If anyone believes this is a new dawn for Jose Mourinho and United, think again.

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The Portuguese coach had been under a lot of pressure after going four successive games without a win, and with United experiencing their joint-worst start to a Premier League season ever. If I could tell them please don't do it I would say that. For me it is not easy too but I think life is made of experiences. This is not about me, this is about the football club they love. "Everyone was saying the players don't want to play (for Mourinho)". Then, in the 90th, Alexis Sanchez, the most maligned of United's current side, rose up to place a header just over the ducked head of Martial to complete the comeback.

At 2-0 down at half-time, it looked like it would be Mourinho's swansong at United, but the Red Devils mustered up a fantastic second half to keep him in a job for another week. If only he and Mourinho could sort out their differences. Sparked by the Stretford End, which had seen all five goals up close, the whole stadium roared, "Oh, United we love you". Eric Bailly, substituted after 18 minutes, was on the first flight to Paris on Sunday morning ahead of two African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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"A better team than Newcastle would have locked down that victory. We're the ones who have to put the work in on the pitch".

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