Jose Mourinho coping well with the pressure, says Nemanja Matic

After an opening day win over Leicester, Manchester United suffered back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Tottenham.

Given the noisy protest flying overhead before kick-off, United showed impressive focus from the off to secure their second win of the season and alleviate some pressure on Mourinho.

"They were very good in the early stages of the game, had us on the back foot very early, and it's one of those.it's very good thinking to yourself "go and do this and do that", but it's hard when you're out there".

"They say I'm in danger, but I don't think so".

On Rashford's red, Mourinho said: "I don't know what happened". It's good for us.

Mourinho has faced robust criticism over his side's form in recent weeks, and the Portuguese's erratic self-proclamations as "one of the greatest managers in the world" had been judged to have all the hallmarks of a man in crisis.

Paul Pogba is "desperate" to play under his idol Zinedine Zidane, amid reports that Manchester United will turn to the former Real Madrid manager to replace Jose Mourinho, says Metro. "Everything [pleased me]", the United boss said. "I think he is dealing very well with the pressure".

However, spoiling Manchester United's party to an extent was the red card Marcus Rashford received. "I don't see any difference", he said.

"We're at game ten already with only 16 or 17 outfield players for the majority of that period", Dyche explained. "It is still too early".

"As long as we create chances, we know we will score".

The France international's poor relationship with Mourinho has been well documented, and it's said the player has told club executive vice chairman Ed Woodward that he wants to leave Old Trafford during the January transfer window.

"I'm going to prepare myself for that and as soon as he wants me, I'll be ready".

"The passion, spirit, intensity and energy that comes from the fans is the engine that drives football".

Instead, the two-week intermission allows Mourinho to take stock and plot the path the club will take out of one of the most testing spells of his United career. "You struggle along with us when we lose and celebrate with us when we win, just like yesterday". With the two-week break starting, things now look much better.

"The manager knows my qualities so he knows how I can help the team", added the 30-year-old.

Lukaku's first Premier League brace in a year will come as a welcome relief for the striker, especially after he missed an open goal against Tottenham, but Sanchez was the star of the show on Sunday.

  • Julie Sanders