None of them will be getting carried away. While Sir Alex Ferguson earned the respect of his men by rarely criticising them outside the dressing room, Mourinho has no such compunction.
Midfielder Scott McTominay, who dropped into defence after Bailly left, was taken off for Marouane Fellaini after the break, with Nemanja Matic and Chris Smalling joining a deep-lying Paul Pogba as part of a back three. 'They were not ready for this level of pressure that the manhunt is bringing.
"The boys woke up this morning and they didn't know if I was going to be here or not, because the manhunting influences people and it's not easy". I am a mature, I am a big boy and I will deal with it.
But after being booed off at half-time, United avoided going five games without a win thanks to a thrilling second half fightback.
"We fought so much".
"It's ridiculous talk to say they don't play for the manager, they play for the club". That has to affect their confidence'.
Mourinho went on the offensive in his post-match media duties Credit GETTY IMAGES
Zidane, out of work after stepping down from Real Madrid at the end of last season, is the club's No.1 choice to replace Mourinho. So, we made a decision to come direct to the stadium early in the morning. This is really good play, this is what you want to see from Man Utd.
On Saturday, captain Antonio Valencia paid the price for endorsing a social media comment calling for Mourinho to be sacked by being axed from the squad.
Speculation over Mourinho's position mounted before kick-off following United's poor start to the season and, with his team trailing 2-0 inside 10 minutes, the Portuguese boss looked like he could be on his way out. "All the players committed mistakes that were not normal".
But dig they did.
Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all scored in the final 20 minutes against Rafael Benitez's side and striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned why Mourinho's team can not always produce such thrilling attacking football. "There is a lot of wickedness and a clear manhunt", Mourinho said.
The home side were two goals down before they staged an incredible comeback.