But a thrilling comeback from 2-0 down to beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 could prove to be little more than a stay of execution for Mourinho, with a run of tougher fixtures looming. "Probably collectively it is a bit of everything coming together, but Jose is an easy target", Rooney said, according to the Mirror.
Wayne Rooney has thrown his support behind his embattled former manager Jose Mourinho, telling those Manchester United team-mates he once played alongside that they have under-performed in recent weeks and must take their share of the responsibility.
"It's tough [at United], it has been a tough situation", Rooney said.
Mourinho, appointed United manager in May 2016, had been the subject of intense speculation in the build-up to the game with one UK newspaper reporting he faced the sack regardless of the result. They have to be counted and they have to be better. "This is new but I think it makes me a better manager and a better person". The players were trying to save face after a third dismal display in eight days. They'll need to make the most of the rest, too: Chelsea away, where United have a stinking record, is next, followed by a Champions League date with Juventus at home, two very hard games against superior teams.
"They have not won all season, are without an away win since April and are struggling for goals".
'Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch. Sparked by the Stretford End, which had seen all five goals up close, the whole stadium roared, "Oh, United we love you".
"After defeat by West Ham and a 0-0 against Valencia, this was a chance to silence the critics with a dominant showing".
"Old Trafford is no longer the fortress it once was".
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