Mourinho made it clear during pre-season that he wanted a new-centre back as he wasn't satisfied with those at his disposal. Not for the title, but Mourinho's tenure at Old Trafford.
Should Jose Mourinho still be sacked, despite the win over Newcastle?
His future at Manchester United manager remains under a cloud as there are claims that the club have asked Zinedine Zidane to not accept any offers to return to coaching as they want him to replace the Portuguese at Old Trafford.
The goals led Mourinho to take Eric Bailly off after just 19 minutes, replacing him with Mata, and his defensive adjustments did not end there.
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Juan Mata's free-kick was followed by Anthony Martial's equaliser, setting the stage for a 90th minute victor from Alexis Sanchez, who had been dropped by Mourinho before coming off the bench in the second half.
"The way we started the game they were panicking".
Jose Mourinho: No, I was advised by the structure of the club that from the hotel to the training ground it would be probably a minimum of 75 minutes.
"Mourinho didn't need to dig out individuals after the game".
"At half time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team".
Presuming he is still in charge, Mourinho returns to Chelsea after the global break, where he has lost in all three visits as United manager, with no goals scored.
"I'm very happy for the team, for us, but especially for the fans.
The team in my opinion didn't cope well with the pressure of the man-hunting", he said.