The Theatre of Dreams reverberated to the sound of boos at half-time and although United showed some steel to shatter Newcastle’s own fantasy of three points, it couldn’t mask another worrying display from a side that look shorn of confidence.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has lashed out at the British media for always blaming him for his side’s woes. His fans did that for him.
“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”.
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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 added to as the hosts made it 2-2 with 14 minutes to go.
“We felt that if we scored it was not impossible, especially at Old Trafford”. As loud as the Old Trafford faithful cheered Sanchez’s victor, this is still a team that is underperforming to an astonishing degree and while there are many reasons for that – the owners, the board, the players all deserve some blame – no one appears more responsible right now than Mourinho.
On Friday night there were reports that no matter what happened with Manchester United this weekend it was going to result in Jose Mourinho losing his job.
The many concerns of those fans who fill Old Trafford every week will not evaporate during the week-long worldwide break, but at least they went home smiling after a super comeback.
As with Real Madrid and Chelsea, Mourinho is mostly to blame for yet another affair ending badly in the third year.
“I’m amazed by that but I don’t want that”, he said. This is what a football club is.
“(Here) I’m losing 2-0 at home in a very important match, the fans were awesome, I’m grateful for that”.
“I have said for many years, you can lose matches you but cannot lose your dignity or pride”. “So are we papering over the cracks because they came back?”
Paul Pogba was responsible for the change in tactics that gave Manchester United a 3-2 comeback against Newcastle United on Saturday.
While the grand old stadium was rocking, Mourinho barely reacted to Sanchez’s victor. You knew United would have all the ball in the world.
They will have an attempt to better that record on Saturday, however, when they host lowly Newcastle at Old Trafford.