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.
There had been rumours gathering that Mourinho was set to be sacked regardless of the result against Newcastle, but his job appears to be safe for now. "[This Saturday] I'm losing 2-0 at home in a very important match, the fans were unbelievable, I'm grateful for that".
"But we can do better and I'm sure that we are going to do better".
The concern for United is that this is not new for Mourinho.
The Spaniard would eventually get his side back into the game in the second-half, courtesy of a free-kick.
Mourinho has spent the last few months continuing his tendency to fall out with a club during the third season of his contract.
How José Mourinho Is Killing Manchester United
But in order to fully turn the club around, Ince suggested Mourinho needed to change both his managerial style and his tactics - pointing to his fractious relationship with Paul Pogba and his defensive style.
But Juan Mata and Anthony Martial brought United level before Alexis Sanchez won it at the death.
"The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce".
It looks unlikely that we will see Zidane in the Old Trafford dugout any time soon. "So are we papering over the cracks because they came back?"
Old Trafford was rocking in the second-half as United fans stuck with their team and, on the whole, under-fire Mourinho: "They pushed us", Mata added.
The Red Devils put behind them a rather discomforting week which saw them lose 3-1 to West Ham United before drawing 0-0 to Valencia in the UEFA Champions League.
This time City could deliver the final nail in the coffin.
"Old Trafford is no longer the fortress it once was".
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