Alexis Sanchez may have saved his coach the humiliation of a sacking by the Manchester United chairman of the board.
This coming from a manager who has literally controlled his job security every step for ten years now. Many pundits agree that Mourinho likely “lost” the locker room after ostensibly picking a fight with French national Paul Pogba, whom he stripped the vice-captaincy from.
After their narrow win, Mourinho spoke of the unrest in the dressing room, as an improbable case of “man-hunting,” like he’d never seen before in his career as a coach. “This is the first time I’ve seen in football man-hunting,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “I am 55. I am mature. I can cope with it and I can live with it. I think, really, some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, I think that they are not coping well with it.”
Earlier in the week, The Daily Mirror had published a report that Jose Mourinho’s job depending on a victory against Newcastle United this afternoon, and they did exactly that in the 90th (final) minute of the game. Where they go from here as a team, is another story altogether.