He’d be fired regardless of Saturday’s result, they said.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United came back from a 2-0 deficit to pick up a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
[ RECAP: Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle ]
The win moved the Red Devils eighth with 13 points heading into the international break, and a meeting at old haunt Stamford Bridge on Oct. 20 before a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the Champions League.
Frankly, they needed this. And Mourinho was feeling it.
“I go to London tonight, if it rains in London tomorrow, it’s my fault. If there is some difficulty to have the agreements with Brexit, it’s my fault,” mused the Man Utd manager. “And I have to be ready for all of this. I think weakness and the clear manhunting in football is too much.”
Mourinho pushed the right buttons, making a big sub after going down by a pair of goals inside of 10 minutes. That one, Juan Mata, scored, and third sub Alexis Sanchez notched the winner in the 90th minute.
Fellow sub Marouane Fellaini laid out Mourinho’s halftime message.
“The manager asked us to be men and to not be afraid and just play,” Fellaini said. “That’s what we did.”
The wheels on the bus did run over two of Mourinho’s youngsters, who he subbed off.
Now, with Chelsea and Juventus ahead, Mata and Co. are looking forward to the next challenge.
“It is relief and we feel that we got what we needed,” he said. “In football, results fix everything.”
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