Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Juan Mata admits Manchester United got lucky first half against Newcastle United

Juan Mata admits Manchester United got lucky first half against Newcastle United

Replacements Marouane Fellaini and Alexis Sanchez helped inspire United to all three points in Saturday's 3-2 win, however, and Mourinho concedes that certain players may be struggling to cope with the pressure. It would be stretching it to say this was proof Mourinho retains the complete support of his players, but you can not ignore the effort they gave in the second half.

The confidence of the visiting fans belied the fact that they had yet to win any of their seven league games so far.

That's why it is hard to see a way back for him at Old Trafford, whatever short-term relief this win may have given him, or credit he deserves for dragging a second-half performance out of a team who had looked on the verge of collapse.

Scheduled to kick-off at 5:30pm, Mourinho and his staff were said to arrive before 12:00pm this afternoon.

"He was playing with Matic in front of [Chris] Smalling because we need some technical quality to bring the ball from the back and the way to have some technical quality to bring the ball from the back was to play Paul and Matic there", Mourinho said of Pogba. Beating Newcastle, at home, is not a told-you-so moment.

And Sanchez proved the hero, scoring his first Premier League goal since March 31 by heading home in the 90th minute before United waited out five minutes of added time. These are the games Mourinho's team will be judged in.

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"We couldn't afford another defeat, especially for the fans". They have significant problems of their own and their sustained disdain for owner Mike Ashley was made plain with chants of "Get out of our club".

Barely three minutes later, it was Jonjo Shelvey who collected a throw-in, his cross beating Eric Bailly's half-hearted attempt to clear and landing at the feet of Yoshinori Muto who evaded Young before turning to beat David De Gea.

"I'm amazed by that response [from the crowd]".

"It's just a pity that, in the end, we lost against a very good team". "If you score once, you can score a few goals in some minutes". "They (Man United) changed and put on top class players".

Mourinho, too, has hope and belief that has been absent in recent weeks, even if he claims there is a media "man hunt" against him.

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