Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Mourinho says players deserve the credit following comeback win against Newcastle

Mourinho says players deserve the credit following comeback win against Newcastle

"In my football memories, I remember when I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed that the stadium was singing their song, but now I am in a situation where I'm losing 2-0 at home in a match everyone knows is important for us to win, and they were awesome".

"I am 55 years old and in spite of this, this is the first time in football I see a manhunt, I can cope with it and I can live with it".

Mourinho is expected to meet the Manchester United hierarchy in London this week as the club continue to deliberate on whether to sack or support him. "But for younger people I think "problem" - and I think in the first half they clearly showed that".

Mourinho remains at the Red Devils helm for now, but he is battling to keep that job amid a backdrop of uncertainty and ongoing talk of internal rifts within his squad.

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It was nearly a replica of arguably the standout result of the Mourinho era, when United roared back from 2-0 down at half-time to Manchester City to win 3-2 at the Etihad in April to delay Pep Guardiola's title party.

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But just as the Old Trafford giants - and perhaps their manager - began to stare down the barrel, substitute Mata swept in a free-kick that Anthony Martial smartly connected with as the hosts made it 2-2 with 14 minutes to go. Even all the players commit mistakes that are not.

"I think they saw today we tried everything, and we came back and from the mental point of view it's a very important three points".

"It was special", attacking midfielder Mata said. After his early performances in the past seasons, he was seen as the player to fill the void that existed from the Ferdinand/Vidic era, but he has now returned to fighting for his spot, with the knowledge that United heavily shopped for an elite player in his position.

"We all know one swallow doesn't make a summer", he told the BBC.

"Manchester United should not get carried away", he wrote in his latest column for The Sun. We were meant to come back, meant to win.

This time City could deliver the final nail in the coffin.

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