Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Half-Time Talk Gets Mourinho Response That Saved His Skin

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Half-Time Talk Gets Mourinho Response That Saved His Skin

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IT was the team talk that may have saved Jose Mourinho's skin. After witnessing his side go 2-0 down to winless Newcastle after just 10 minutes, the United boss needed a huge response.

His players' heads had dropped after Yoshinori Muto's doubled the visitors' advantage and they struggled to get back into the game - even after creative spark Juan Mata was introduced after the quarter of an hour mark.

So, for the second time in seven months, United would have to comeback from 2-0 down at the break to claim all three points. Somehow, they did it to ease the pressure on Mourinho.

Here is a round-up of what Mourinho and the players have said about what really happened in the home dressing room at Old Trafford at half-time on Saturday evening.

"The manager asked us to be men, to not be afraid, to go and play. …

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