´It´s a manhunt´: Mourinho slams critics after United escape

With rumours swirling that he is to be sacked irrespective of Manchester United's result against Newcastle United this weekend, Jose Mourinho made the curious decision to arrive at Old Trafford especially early ahead of today's game.

"We needed to change something and when you have nothing to lose you just throw yourself blindly, let's say".

Rafa Benitez has revealed what he said to his Newcastle United players after their agonising defeat at Old Trafford.

"[The win] was special", Mata told MUTV.

"The ones that read the papers, that are connected with social media, they thought maybe I had gone", said Mourinho.

"Everybody was disappointed in the dressing room, but I told them we can not complain about we did", said Benitez.

"At half-time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team".

"I'm amazed by that but I don't want that", he said.

"I can see a team that everyone was expecting to be higher but it's a question of time, like us".

"Even though it felt very hard we did it". Having done much the same since the break, Mourinho then gave little reaction to Mata's goal, before letting some emotion out when Martial levelled in the 76th minute, shouting and making a gee-up motion with his hands.

An embarrassed Eric Bailly took on the role of United fall guy when Mourinho hauled off the Ivory Coast center half after only 19 minutes and replaced him with Spain midfielder Juan Mata. "We have to stay calm and be sure we continue working in this way, because we will win games if we play like that".

"Any manager would struggle at that football club with the way in which it is operated".

One player in particular who didn't have the best 45 minutes of his career was De Gea, with the Spaniard conceding twice within the first 10 minutes.

Benitez's campaign got off to a bad start, with his transfer wish list ignored and only 25.8 million euros invested, his team have had mediocre results.

Following Sky Sports" coverage of Brighton's win over West Ham, the Red Devils legend launched into a five-minute tirade against player-power, executives being in "Football Manager" mode and a "rotten to the core' situation at Old Trafford.

"We gave ourselves a chance and we're disappointed not to have carried the performance out for 90 minutes".

Vanessa Coleman

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