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Man United boss, Mourinho reveals board backing after United’s stunning win over Newcastle



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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed he had received a text message of support from the English giants’ board ahead of his team’ s thrilling 3- 2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Speculation over Mourinho’ s position mounted before kick -off following United’ s poor start to the season and, with his team trailing 2- 0 inside 10 minutes , the Portuguese boss looked like he could be on his way out.

But Alexis Sanchez capped United’ s incredible second -half comeback when he rose to meet Ashley Young ’ s cross and head in the winning goal in the final minute of the game.

Afterwards Mourinho admitted he needed an unofficial ‘ vote of confidence ’ from a board member, believed to be executive vice -chairman Ed Woodward, before the game to know he could discount a newspaper report that he would be sacked this weekend, regardless of the result against Premier League strugglers Newcastle.

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“ The ones that read the papers , that are connected with social media, they thought maybe I had gone, ” said Mourinho .

“ If I hadn ’ t had an SMS from my board not to read ( the papers) I would have been convinced too , ” he added .

But 10 minutes into the visit of lowly Newcastle perhaps even Woodward was re -thinking his position.

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.

In the seventh minute, Ayoze Perez played a routine through -ball inside full -back Young and Kenedy easily beat him , for skill and pace, before finishing ruthlessly.

Barely three minutes later , it was Jonjo Shelvey who collected a throw – in, his cross beating Eric Bailly ’ s half -hearted attempt to clear and landing at the feet of Yoshinori Muto who evaded Young before turning to beat David De Gea.

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Mourinho, who had sent Juan Mata on after just 19 minutes , sprinted down the tunnel at half – time and made further changes , bringing on Marouane Fellaini and playing Paul Pogba in a deeper role to have him see more of the ball.

– ‘ Not about me ’ –

But Pogba ’ s early shot was only parried by Martin Dubravka , the ball falling to Nemanja Matic who somehow cleared the open goal from six yards with a miss which summed up United’ s woes.

Mourinho’ s men, however , got back into the game with 20 minutes left when, after Anthony Martial was tripped on the edge of the box , Mata planted a magnificent free – kick past the Newcastle wall and into the corner of the net.

The comeback continued six minutes later when Martial received a header from Pogba , played a one- two with his French team mate featuring a clever Pogba back -heel , before scoring with a precise finish from 15 yards.

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Sanchez’ s winner also saw United supporters, who had been muted in their backing for Mourinho to that point, sing his name out loud around Old Trafford.

“ I ’ m amazed by that but I don’ t want that, ” he said . “ If I could tell them please don ’ t do it, I would say that. ”

The former Chelsea manager added : “ I think this is not about me , it is about the football club , the club they love and about the club we represent with all the honour and dignity but I ’ m amazed by that.

“ At half – time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team. ”


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