Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes there is “too much wickedness” in football but insists he can “cope with the man-hunt” against him.
Alexis Sanchez scored a 90th-minute winner as his team came from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle, ending a four-game winless run.
Speculation over Mourinho’s future has increased, but prior to kick-off he retained the support of the club.
“It is the first time I see man-hunting. I can cope with it,” he said.
“I can live with it. Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it,” Mourinho, 55, told BT Sport.
“Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch. Even older players commit mistakes that are not normal.”
Mourinho, under growing pressure after United recorded their worst league start for 29 years, admitted on Friday that the current run was not good enough.
And reports on Friday suggested he could lose his job regardless of the result against Newcastle – although BBC Sport understands he still retains the backing of the board.
“As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow it rains in London it is my fault,” Mourinho said.
“If there are some difficulties with the agreements of Brexit, it is my fault.
“I have to be ready for all of this. I think a lot of wickedness and clear man-hunting in football is too much.