Jose Mourinho has said that he was ‘amazed’ by the reaction of Manchester United fans during their 3-2 victory over Newcastle today.
Manchester United went into todays clash at Old Trafford with reports overnight suggesting that their manager, Jose Mourinho, would be sacked, regardless of the outcome of the match.
However, nobody in their wildest imaginations could have predicted just what that outcome would have been. After 10 minutes, the 20-time league champions were 2-0 down against a Newcastle side that were yet to win a game in the Premier League this season.
The scoreline remained that way until the 70th minute, when a Juan Mata free-kick sparked a sensational Sir Alex Ferguson-esque comeback, with United going on to win the game 3-2.
Despite United having been on their worst start to a season in 29 years and falling 2-0 down to a side in the relegation zone, the Old Trafford crowd remained fully behind their manager, with chants of ‘Mourinho’s right, the board are sh*te’ being just one of a number of pro-Mourinho songs that were heard ringing from the stands, much to the astonishment of the Portuguese boss.
“At half-time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team and that is fantastic,” Mourinho said to BT Sport.
“I’m amazed by that response [singing his name]. I don’t want that, and if I could tell them to not do it I would, because it is not about me, it is about the football club they love and the football club we represent with honour and dignity.
“In my football memories, I remember [as manager of Chelsea] I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed the stadium was singing their song, but now I am in a situation where I’m losing 2-0 at home in a match everyone knows is important for us to win, and they were amazing.
“I am really grateful for that and my happiness about the victory is not for myself it is for the fans and the players.”
Mourinho also described the recent media speculation as a manhunt.