Mourinho handed stay of execution with United’s stirring late fightback

Jose Mourinho has been handed a stay of execution with Alexis Sanchez’s dramatic late winner at the weekend.

Those inside Manchester United were convinced Mourinho was already on his way, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle .

But the stirring fightback and all-out attacking approach in a memorable second-half – with United coming from 2-0 down to win – has bought him more time.

Mourinho, though, has been warned he must change his customary pragmatic approach and adopt a more attacking style if he is to survive long-term at United.

Former United midfielder Paul Ince said: “I’d like him to stay, but he has to start changing from his methods that he used years back to understand that the game’s gone forward.

“Don’t be a dinosaur. Start attacking teams, like we have done over the years.”

Ince, who played for the Old Trafford giants from 1989 to 1995, also said Mourinho must change his brutal man-management style to adapt to the mentality of the modern player.

The Portuguese has had high-profile spats with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Saturday’s match-winner Sanchez, not caring if he bruises egos with his combative style.

But Ince said such methods were out-dated and warned Mourinho he must adapt.

“Players have changed,” said Ince. “We’re not in an era when Sir Alex Ferguson can come in at half-time and slaughter me or Roy Keane or Mark Hughes and you respond to what he’s saying.

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“They are a little bit more fragile now and need an arm around the shoulder.

“When you play for Manchester United, you play for the biggest club in the world. You have to perform well every week, be at your best consistently every week, train well every day — and there’s a lot of pressure to do that.

“I don’t think some of these players can handle what it takes to play for Manchester United, and that’s a major, major issue."

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