A failure to do so ahead of the Newcastle game could be viewed by Mourinho as evidence of a loss of faith and therefore a clear signal that his time is up at United. "Where are the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true?"
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If this is true, and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow as nearly like a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom.
But despite Woodward praising Mourinho's credentials during a recent conference call to the club's investors, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager has grown increasingly frustrated by what he perceives to be a lack of credible, public backing from his bosses.
This was it. Have the players got his back?
After the game with Newcastle, Mourinho claimed a "manhunt" was beginning to affect his players. The return of Anthony Martial certainly stands out, while Alexis Sanchez will be on the bench once again. It's unacceptable. I have to say that Jose Mourinho will get the biggest support he's ever had in his life in that ground and I'll be there to give it to him.
Juan Mata quickly replaced Eric Bailly, bizarrely placing Scott McTominay at centre-back with the Scotsman proceeding to struggle and being subbed off himself at half-time.
And Sanchez proved the hero, scoring his first Premier League goal since March 31 by heading home in the 90th minute before United waited out five minutes of added time.
At full time he was seen screaming at TV cameras and, according to the Daily Mail, he was spotted by fans shouting, 'fodas filhos de puta, ' or "f**k off sons of a b**ch, ' in French".
Given that Mourinho is no doubt aware that his side are struggling all over the shop then clearly his remarks show that he doesn't want to play a side who purposely try to make life hard for his team.
"Forget Cardiff or Huddersfield it would be Newcastle because they can't score a goal".
If the first half was one of United's worst of the season, their second was undoubtedly up there with their best.
"The way we started the game, they were panicking".
Bar Cardiff or Huddersfield, United could not find an opponent lower on confidence right now than Newcastle, who have scored just twice on the road in all competitions this season and have only two away wins in all competitions in 2018.