"Sometimes things are hard and you have to make difficult decisions, try and influence people around you, influence your players to try and get the best out of them", he said.
Three defeats in eight league matches have led to questions about Mourinho's future at United, but both Lampard and Rooney believe the players need to take some responsibility for their current plight.
"I think Jose is still someone that I look up to and admire because managers go through tough times", Neville told Sky Sports. Mourinho threw a Hail Mary and it worked: for 45 minutes, his men did indeed "attack attack attack"-and they got the win, a proper Manchester United win with some onlookers even going".
Shearer said Mourinho will still struggle to turn things around and save his job despite beating Newcastle United 3-2 at the weekend. "He took a lot of stick, but behind closed doors I said to the players, "We have to be doing better", Rooney added.
United are now eighth in the Premier League and already seven points behind the top-three with only eight games played.
"They knew that the team needed help".
However, many think that could just be a stay of execution for Mourinho, who went into the game against the Magpies under a cloud of reports suggesting he would be sacked regardless of the result.