It was looking like the final nail had been hammered into Mourinho's coffin on Saturday evening, as his disorientated United side conceded two sloppy goals within the opening 10 minutes against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to save his side's blushes and secure a 3-2 win against Rafael Benitez's embattled Magpies, who had held a two-goal half-time lead through early Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto efforts.
Mourinho revealed after Saturday's win over Newcastle that he was reassured by a text from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward telling him to ignore reports that he would be sacked whatever the result.
Mourinho's inspiring words clearly did the trick, as his sider rallied in the final twenty minutes of the game, with Alexis Sánchez provided the dramatic last minute victor to send the home fans into raptures.
"As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow it rains in London it is my fault".
Players have been blamed for not trying and the media has been accused of being disrespectful, but it's Mourinho who has been killing Manchester United with his lone-wolf mentality, rash mouth, and outdated tactics that are anti-football. "I don't believe he will go to England, it isn't his style".
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp thinks Mourinho still has a long way to go to save his job.
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Whatever their differences, these were not players happy to lie down and watch their manager take the bullet.
"We couldn't afford another defeat, especially for the fans". We had chances in the first half to score a third goal, and chances in the second half too.
"It is not easy for them [the players]". For big boys like me, it's no problem. I can cope with it.
In his seemingly endless war with the world, the players have become collateral damage, even when United win.
"This is new, it makes me not just a better manager but even a better person".
His future at Manchester United manager remains under a cloud as there are claims that the club have asked Zinedine Zidane to not accept any offers to return to coaching as they want him to replace the Portuguese at Old Trafford. "They give me the contract because they wanted to give it me".