Manchester : Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed he had received a text message of support from the English giants’ board ahead of his team’s thrilling 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford. Speculation over Mourinho’s position mounted before kick-off following United’s poor start to the season and, with his team trailing 2-0 inside 10 minutes, the Portuguese boss looked like he could be on his way out.
But Alexis Sanchez capped United’s incredible second-half comeback when he rose to meet Ashley Young’s cross and head in the winning goal in the final minute of the game.
Afterwards Mourinho admitted he needed an unofficial ‘vote of confidence’ from a board member, believed to be executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, before the game to know he could discount a newspaper report that he would be sacked this weekend, regardless of the result against Premier League strugglers Newcastle. “The ones that read the papers, that are connected with social media, they thought maybe I had gone,” said Mourinho. “If I hadn’t had an SMS from my board not to read (the papers) I would have been convinced too,” he added.