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Jose Mourinho said he received a text from the Manchester United board telling him to pay no attention to reports he was to be sacked regardless of the result in Saturday's clash with Newcastle United.

Man United and Newcastle have played each other 166 times in history, of which the Red Devils have won 84 times while their North-East counterparts have come out on top on 42 occasions.

Poor performances have been compounded by off-field problems during an uncomfortable start to the season at Old Trafford, with the relationship between Mourinho and star Paul Pogba making unwanted headlines.

Given the widespread claims of players falling out with the manager at Old Trafford, this was a result that owed everything to Mourinho's decisions.

United's pressure did not relent and Sanchez responded to his own critics with a fine header from Young's deep cross from the right, prompting resounding chants in support of Mourinho from the buoyant home crowd.

The paper says elsewhere that United will have to cough up £29 million in order to get rid of the Portuguese manager now, which is a testament to how well Ed Woodward has managed the club in his time in charge.

Newcastle United's Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, on October 6, 2018.

Gary Neville has launched an extraordinary broadside at Manchester United after reports broke on Friday night that the club was going to sack Jose Mourinho. I absolutely love it to death.

Mourinho also accused the media of doubting the professionalism of United's players.

"They're playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world".

Jose Mourinho: No, I was advised by the structure of the club that from the hotel to the training ground it would be probably a minimum of 75 minutes.

"I think a lot of wickedness and the clear man-hunting that I think in football is too much, but as I was saying, it's my life". It's my life, it's a life I love, it's a life I worked since I was a kid.

The former Chelsea boss, who said that such scrutiny "doesn't stop", feels some of his players have been affected but hailed them for displaying "pride" in the second half. The people in the boardroom who are overseeing the football operation are nowhere near good enough.