Manchester United laboured hard to get a 3-2 victory against Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Pressure has been mounting on the team, a lot of players’ performance had been scrutinised and Jose Mourinho’s job was on the line.
A win against Newcastle was going to calm the nerves at the club, but ten minutes into the game United were already trailing by two goals with goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto.
The game however took a dramatic turn in the last 20 minutes after goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez helped United get the winner.
There were lots of individual mistakes during the game, and speaking after the match, Mourinho revealed that a lot of players are finding it hard to cope with the pressure and pointed to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay for being scared.
“I am 55 years old and in spite of the first time I see in football a man hunt I can cope with it and live with it,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“I think some of the boys they are not the man that is hunted I think they are not coping well with it and the way they start they were panicking. Every ball in our box I thought even we could not score and it is not easy for them.
“For me, it is not easy too but I think life is made of experiences and some are new and some are déjà vu this is new but makes me a better manager and a better person I understand things in the human nature and in the industry I work I used to love it, and I still love it, but it’s different.
“A lot of wickedness, too much wickedness in something that should be beautiful.
“I cope with it with some sadness obviously and I survive, I am mature, I am a big boy.
“But clearly some of the boys… Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch Scott McTominay was scared and even all the players they committed mistakes that are not normal.”