Paul Scholes believes that Jose Mourinho’s passion on the touchline helped his team as Manchester United came back from 2-0 down against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
The Portuguese coach was under huge pressure going into the weekend, with reports from the Mirror claiming that he would be sacked whatever the result against the Magpies.
However, his substitutions changed the game at Old Trafford. Man United had started in horrific form, conceding twice in the opening 10 minutes.
They were poor up until 60 minutes or so but Juan Mata netted a nice free-kick on 70 minutes and the come back continued from there.
“He made some really good substitutions that affected the game,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“He was so passionate about the game. It was good to see.
“He really had that fight in him and I think that transferred to the team.”
Scholes has been one of Mourinho’s biggest critics in recent weeks, but was ready to praise him this time.
Mourinho moved star midfielder Paul Pogba back into central defence quite early on against Newcastle, and later brought on Alexis Sanchez, the player who scored the winner. Mata, too, was one of Mourinho’s substitutes.
It was great to see the passion from Mourinho and perhaps Scholes is right and it did encourage his own players on further. Attitude and desire have been missing consistently in Mourinho’s third season at United so far.