Five quick reactions to Manchester United's incredible Newcastle comeback
With the odds stacked against Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s players staged a stirring second half fightback against Newcastle.
Going in 2-0 down at half-time against a backdrop of reports claiming Mourinho would be fired, the game seemed to be up for the manager.
Goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez sealed a memorable 3-2 win.
Here are five quick takeaways from the victory.
The players are fighting and Jose isn’t giving up
Newspaper reports would have you believe United’s players no longer want to play for Mourinho.
The evidence on the pitch in the second half suggested otherwise.
United attacked, fought for every ball, and Mourinho was more animated on the touchline than ever.
He is digging in and so are the players, and the fans at Old Trafford loved it.
Alexis Sanchez isn’t done yet
The Chilean’s spell at United has been so poor that it was no surprise to see him named on the bench once again.
What was a shock was to see him pop up with a late winner, based on his recent form.
This can be a turning point individually for Sanchez and give him the lift he needs.
The pressure will remain, but this was a special moment and will restore his confidence.
Paul Pogba was magnificent
No player has taken more flak this season than Paul Pogba and it isn’t warranted.
He was everywhere in the second half, playing in midfield, defence and orchestrating the attack.
Pogba’s fantastic backheel provided the assist for Anthony Martial’s thumping equaliser.
He proved a big point on Saturday evening about both his attitude and ability.
Defence still a major concern
We can’t praise the attack without criticising the woeful defending in the first half.
Eric Bailly was hauled off in the first half and the change was warranted.
He has not been the same player this season as he was in his first.
David de Gea at least proved again why he is the best goalkeeper in the world, keeping us in it with a string of crucial saves.
Turning point? Don’t get carried away
This may turn out to be the game which changed everything for Jose Mourinho.
But let’s hold fire for a moment.
There are still serious issues, from tactics, defending, to selection, while striker Romelu Lukaku is still struggling.
Our next game is away at Chelsea, with back to back Champions League ties against Juventus, and Manchester City in a month’s time.
Let’s enjoy the moment, but wait and see how those games turn out before casting further judgement on Mourinho.