Jamie Redknapp has poured cold water on the suggestion that Manchester United’s 3-2 comeback win at Newcastle United could be a watershed moment for Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were in dismal form ahead of the visit of winless Newcastle United following four games without a win in the Champions League, the Carabao Cup and the Premier League.
The Red Devils were still tipped to ease to a comfortable win over the Magpies given Newcastle made the trip to the Theatre of Dreams winless in seven Premier League games.
However, the unthinkable looked to be becoming a reality in the first half after goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Mutu in the opening 10 minutes of Saturday evening’s clash.
Mourinho didn’t hesitate to haul off Eric Bailly, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford before Juan Mata’s free-kick in the 70th minute offered hope of a comeback.
Anthony Martial levelled the Premier League clash six minutes later before Alexis Sanchez scored a dramatic winner in added time at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United supporters were audibly appreciate of the team’s efforts in the second half as Mourinho was granted a reprieve amid reports that his job was on the line.
Redknapp, though, isn’t convinced that Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle will trigger an upturn in fortunes for the Red Devils under the Portuguese head coach.
“If anyone believes this is a new dawn for Jose Mourinho and United, think again,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “This was not about a team rallying for their under-fire manager.
“The players were trying to save face after a third dismal display in eight days.
“A better team than Newcastle would have locked down that victory. They are a side United should be beating routinely. They have not won all season, are without an away win since April and are struggling for goal.”
Manchester United are in eighth place in the Premier League table after recording just four victories in their opening eight games in the English top flight this term.
The Red Devils will make the long trip to Chelsea FC in their next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 20 October.
Manchester United can move to within four points of Chelsea FC if Mourinho can mastermind a vital win against his former club in west London.
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