Juan Mata admits Manchester United got lucky first half against Newcastle United

Juan Mata admits Manchester United got lucky first half against Newcastle United

United produced one of the worst 45-minute spells of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era during the first half and deservedly went into the break 2-0 down.

Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all scored in the final 20 minutes against Rafael Benitez's side and striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned why Mourinho's team can not always produce such thrilling attacking football. I scored three in a row and I left, so I said, I think I have the touch and today exactly it proved.

Reports in England have claimed Zidane has been in touch with United executives and may even have been asked to snub any other job opportunities in order to wait for the chance to replace Mourinho.

Manchester United beat Benitez's side 3-2 yesterday thanks to a 90th-minute victor from substitute Alexis Sanchez.

Mourinho made it clear during pre-season that he wanted a new-centre back as he wasn't satisfied with those at his disposal.

The Red Devils will travel to west London on 20 October as they look to make it back to back wins in the Premier League and try and get themselves back on track after a stuttering start to Mourinho's third season in charge. Six minutes later, Anthony Martial cut inside after swapping passes with Paul Pogba to equalise with a venomous low shot.

Rafa Benitez has revealed what he said to his Newcastle United players after their agonising defeat at Old Trafford.

The game would end in a 3-2 comeback victory for United, the kind Old Trafford witnessed many times under Alex Ferguson.

"At half-time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team". "But for younger people I think "problem" - and I think in the first half they clearly showed that". "So are we papering over the cracks because they came back? Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it", Mourinho told reporters.

Mourinho is subsequently expected to be in charge of United's visit to Chelsea after the worldwide break.

Not for the title, but Mourinho's tenure at Old Trafford.

He followed that up in the next season with a league and Champions League double before signing off with another European victory.

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