However, after a superb second-half fightback saw United grab a 90th-minute victor through Alexis Sanchez, Mourinho was at his abrasive best during the post-match interview.
"I hope the club can back Jose with the players he wants in January, and the players he doesn't want".
"The way we started the game they were panicking".
"Yet they are completely different players this season because they are constantly hearing their manager telling them they are not good enough".
"At half-time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team".
As with Real Madrid and Chelsea, Mourinho is mostly to blame for yet another affair ending badly in the third year.
"I will say that today the victory is a pride victory".
Asked whether anything would stop the "manhunt", Mourinho replied: "No, I don't think so".
On 19 minutes, Mourinho replaced Eric Bailly with Juan Mata as he looked to inject some urgency into his team. He was the only Manchester United player who had showed any bottle in a team who, at one stage, became frightened of their own shadows against Newcastle.
While the final 25 minutes saw United at their best, everything that came before was them at their worst.
Nemanja Matic, who had been playing as a midfield anchor, went to centre-back, with Pogba sitting just in front of the back four and behind Marouane Fellaini.