Manchester United 'couldn't afford another defeat' vs. Newcastle - Juan Mata

Credit Mark Bell

Credit Mark Bell

Just when Jose Mourinho needed it most, Manchester United dug deep to pull off a gutsy victory.

Mata, though, pulled a goal back when he curled in a free kick in the 70th.

"It was special", attacking midfielder Mata said.

"We know that our opponent needs points too, Rafa is brilliant at analysing the qualities of his opponents ad trying to beat them", Mourinho added of his rival. You push even more.

"If this is true, we don't know if it's true but if this is true and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow, as nearly like a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom".

"I think they have all got to share the blame", Shearer said on Match of the Day.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sought to motivate his players by making two promises to the Magpies' stars: to take them on holiday if they avoid relegation and that he will not sell the club this season.

"I would have wanted to have been in his shoes, but the guy is working really hard", Lukaku told MUTV. "They helped us to go more, to try more, to give this 50 minutes more and I'm very happy for them".

'They don't deserve everything that is going on, so they deserve to see a team like today'.

Mourinho's substitutions and tactical tweaks made a difference after half-time and Juan Mata's accurate 70th-minute free-kick goal sparked a come back as Old Trafford found its voice.

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

Norway striker Joshua King scored two goals and set up another to inspire Bournemouth at Watford, another team to play with 10 after Christian Kabasele was sent off in the 33rd minute. I've got to stand up and say "I'm not good enough to do this". I am mature. I am a big boy, but clearly, some of the boys - Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch; Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch. We have to manage situations a bit better if we can, but they were pushing and pushing and they have so many good players.

Muto was keen not to waste his opportunity after only coming on as a substitute in his first six games.

Mourinho was also full of praise for Newcastle manager Benitez.

"You have to start looking at the people who appoint the managers, the people who are bringing in the players, the people who are sanctioning the deals", he said.

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