Mourinho says 'manhunt' against him affecting Manchester United players

Mourinho says 'manhunt' against him affecting Manchester United players

"I'm sorry boys", said Jose Mourinho as he walked into the post match press conference following his side's 3-2 comeback victory against Newcastle United on Saturday night.

Then, in the 10th minute, there was a stunned silence among the United home fans when United's sleepy defence allowed Yoshinori Muto to turn easily in the penalty area and beat goalkeeper David de Gea with a low shot.

Newcastle are next in action against Manchester United at St. James' Park, a fixture in which they won 1-0 last season thanks to a Matt Ritchie victor and a Martin Dubravka-inspired performance.

Anthony has had his attitude questioned in the past but the hope is this is the start of a new Anthony who can continuously deliver.

Newcastle's two points from eight games is now their worst start to a Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho's position at the helm of Manchester United is not under immediate threat, senior figures at the club have said. Every ball that was in our box, I thought even in some moments we could score an own goal.




"We did so well for 70 minutes so it's a pity", said his opposite number Rafa Benitez.

But with his future now a matter of daily discussion and headlines suggesting his time as manager is running out, Mourinho wants Woodward to dismiss all reports of his job being on the line.

And in the last of the United round-up, The Mail on Sunday say that Paul Pogba has been told he will not be allowed out of his glass cage of emotion in January, and will have to sit tight until at least the summer. At the end when you are defending crosses against seven players that are so big, it's not easy.

Mourinho made three changes to his starting line-up, with Ashley Young coming in at right-back and assuming the captain's armband in place of Antonio Valencia, who dropped out of the squad entirely, while Scott McTominay replaced Marouane Fellaini in midfield.

The manager used his programme notes before the game on Tuesday to say "the team is always more important than the individual" and "the crest on the chest is more important than the name on the back of the shirt". I think, really, some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, I think that they are not coping well with it.

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