Jose Mourinho has revealed he received a text from a Manchester United board member ensuring him his job was not under threat.
Reports emerged on Friday night that the Portuguese would lose his job regardless of Saturday’s result against Newcastle, which saw United come from behind to win 3-2, followed by denials from the club the following morning.
Mourinho believes he is the victim of a “manhunt” that will “never stop”, but he offered an insight into his continued relationship with the United hierarchy at full-time at Old Trafford.
“If I hadn’t had an SMS from my board not to read (the papers), I would have been convinced too,” he told talkSPORT.
Alexis Sanchez helped to ease the pressure on Mourinho with a late winner, after United went 2-0 down to the Mapgies inside 10 stunning minutes at the ‘theatre of dreams’.
Juan Mata and Anthony Martial started the comeback, which happened inside the last 20 minutes, after Mourinho made a raft of substitutions, including swapping Eric Bailly for Mata after just 18 minutes.
The victory gave Mourinho the highest win percentage of any Manchester United manager, with 60.3 per cent above Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 60.1 per cent.
Further newspaper reports on Saturday night claimed ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been put on standby and told to reject all other job offers as United prepare for the future.