Jose Mourinho: A text eased Manchester United sack fears

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Undoubtedly, that is a trend that needs to stop.

Mourinho's downward spiral at Old Trafford seems endless, with poor results threatening his job, whilst the woeful atmosphere amongst the players has created added pressure.

They had seen Anthony Martial, another player who divides fan opinions, equalise after being set up by Paul Pogba on a insane evening of football in which a 70th minute Juan Mata free-kick had propelled United back into the game.

"It is hard to take because we did so well".

He told talkSPORT: "The ones that read the papers, that are connected with social media, they thought maybe I had gone [been sacked]".

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". It was magnificent what they did, but it's the first time they've done it this season, now they need to do it consistently.

Tuesday's goalless draw against Valencia in the Champions League - a match where United struggled to live up to their fans' expectation of attacking football - also meant former Chelsea boss Mourinho had gone four home matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career.

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At the moment I am scoring goals, that is why everyone is talking for me to be in the top three (players). "It won't be simple". Earlier, Ross Barkley blasted a big statement saying his team-mate is better than Ronaldo and Messi right now.

Still a youngster it's not too much surprise to see him suffer from inconsistency issues but he will soon be expected to maintain good performances such as the one against Newcastle on a regular basis.

"When you play against a very good team, it's not easy because [with] every substitution they were better and better".

Mourinho's men, however, got back into the game with 20 minutes left when, after Anthony Martial was tripped on the edge of the box, Mata planted a magnificent free-kick past the Newcastle wall and into the corner of the net.

They had just seen substitute Alexis Sanchez score a 90th minute victor, only his fourth goal in 26 games since a January move from Arsenal and his first in the league since March.

"So yes it's important for us to try to win this match on Saturday". As I said, it was a pleasant dinner, we talked about everything and now we have to concentrate on football.

With zero wins and only two points from seven matches, it is no surprise seeing Newcastle United occupy a relegation spot in the Premier League table in October.

"We showed today that we have got some threat, certainly in the first half".

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