Whether Mourinho keeps his job remains to be seen, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss came out fighting following weeks of criticism of his handling of United's squad, sparked by his fall-out with star midfielder Paul Pogba and other key players.
It was nearly a replica of arguably the standout result of the Mourinho era, when United roared back from 2-0 down at half-time to Manchester City to win 3-2 at the Etihad in April to delay Pep Guardiola's title party.
If I could tell them please don't do it I would say that.
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After conceding twice in the opening ten minutes at Old Trafford and United fans left shocked, it looked like the 55-year-old Portuguese manager's fate had been sealed at the club. Even older players commit mistakes that are not normal. "I think they saw today that we tried everything and we came back and from the mental point of view it was a very important three points".
Shearer believes that United's most marked decline has been in defence.
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"Mourinho wasn't allowed to replace them in the summer".
Meanwhile, Manchester United will now turn their attentions towards the small matter of the crunch showdown against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge after the global break.
Woodward will be mulling over those figures, particularly as the compensation would drop to just £10m if he stays in place until the end of the season and United don't qualify for the Champions League.
"We felt that if we scored it was not impossible, especially at Old Trafford".