Manchester United come from behind to give under-pressure Mourinho victory

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane lifts the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff south Wales

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane lifts the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff south Wales

Under-pressure Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw his side score three goals, including a late victor, as they beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday. Marcus Rashford fluffed two chances and both of them should have been buried.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that he stopped free-kick practice while on a hot streak in training in midweek so he could be ready to strike against Newcastle. Centre back, in particular, is a disaster zone. We conceded the first goal, and that changed the game. I don't want that, and if I could tell them to not do it, I would, because it is not about me.

"As a team, we did so well", said Benitez. So, we made a decision to come direct to the stadium early in the morning. "You need to believe in yourself, you need to have that confidence to do things and we know how much of a special player he is and today could have been a massive confidence boost".

On Saturday, captain Antonio Valencia paid the price for endorsing a social media comment calling for Mourinho to be sacked by being axed from the squad.

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.

But dig they did.

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That's why we controlled it so good. 'Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win'. The Senegalese striker has scored four league goals against them, and only has a better record against Crystal Palace.

"It's not about the manager or the players, it's about the club and the fans and when you play for a certain club - it doesn't matter if it's a giant like Manchester United - you have to give everything".

It brought their manager respite and no little credit for turning around a desperate - and apparently fiery - half-time situation that threatened to intensify the speculation over his job.

'Being 2-0 down at home to Newcastle is really bad. It (the talk) helped us and the changes helped us.

But after being booed off at half-time, United avoided going five games without a win thanks to a thrilling second half fightback.

United entered Saturday having taken just 10 points through seven games - their fewest at that stage of a top-flight campaign since 1989. After the forthcoming worldwide break, their next six games include matches against Chelsea, Juventus twice and Manchester City.

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