A 90th-minute header from Alexis Sanchez secured a stunning comeback from Manchester United as they came from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle United 3-2.
Pressure on Jose Mourinho had intensified after four games without a win in all competitions, although the club had dismissed reports he would be sacked regardless of Saturday’s result.
The hosts conceded twice in a lacklustre first 10 minutes, with Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto breezing in to score.
United briefly roused themselves with Marcus Rashford heading wide from five yards, but also needed David de Gea’s excellence to deny Muto his second and a potentially decisive third for the Magpies.
The hosts departed at the break to jeers – some of which were aimed at the club’s owner and executives, rather than the manager.
But by the final whistle, it was the name of Mourinho that rang around Old Trafford.
Speaking to BT Sport, Man Utd midfielder Marouane Fellaini said: “The first half was a difficult moment for us, but we were more aggressive in the second half and we played more direct and created more chances.
“The manager asked us to be men and to not be afraid and just play. That’s what we did.”
Speaking on his future as Manchester United manager, Mourinho said “They gave me contract until July 2020. I have a contract to 2020, I didn’t point a pistol at them. They give me the contract because they wanted to give it me.”