Manchester United were under pressure to get nothing less than a win against Newcastle at Old Trafford tonight.
The pressure had been mounting on Jose Mourinho and the team, with reports claiming that Mourinho could be sacked after the game on Saturday evening.
United eventually got the win against the Magpies, but it’s the kind of victory were the team had to dig deep and produce a memory comeback.
United were trailing Newcastle by two goals as early as ten minutes into the game after Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto scored twice to put the Magpies ahead. However, United produced a stunning last 20 minutes performance to score three goals with Juan Mata scoring a sweet free-kick, Anthony Martial banging in a nice shot and Alexis Sanchez completing the victory with a header.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho revealed he was pleased with the players’ mentality and commitment.
He said: “It’s the mentality. It’s the desire, it’s the commitment. As I used to say: nobody is important, only the club is important. This is not about me, this is not about the players, this is about the club and, in the second half, the players they gave absolutely everything. Nothing more to give.”
Mourinho admitted that the players gave everything and played their hearts out for their club.
He continued: “If the players play just for the manager, they are not good professionals because, one day, they like the manager and they play for them, and the next day comes a manager they don’t like and they don’t play for him, but they still get the money.
“So I think it’s ridiculous talk. What I ask the players was exactly to give absolutely everything. Of course we had some little tactical touches, of course we risked a lot, of course we went in different directions. We were trying to find the best way to play and, in the end, we won the match that I think we deserved to win. I think we deserved to win, I think the fans deserved to win. This is what a football club is and Manchester United is a big football club.”