Mourinho refused to name names when pushed on who else was at fault for United's form but did say: "The same people that were to blame with the fantastic season of last season".
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"And the players have to take their share of the blame because they can put the effort in like they did in the second half against Newcastle".
After United found themselves 2-0 down to the relegation-threatened Toon Army at half-time, it looked even more bleak with the team looking like a shadow of their former selves.
That has led struggling Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso to identify Ibrahimovic as the man to breathe new life into his side, and the 37-year-old is willing to consider a return to Serie A, according to The Sun.
Earlier in the week, The Daily Mirror had published a report that Jose Mourinho's job depending on a victory against Newcastle United this afternoon, and they did exactly that in the 90th (final) minute of the game.
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Another with Premier League experience at one of England's biggest clubs, Antonio Conte has the distinct advantage of already winning the league with the majority of a squad that Mourinho brought to Chelsea.
"I think it is set in motion for change here", McManaman said when asked about the state of United and Mourinho's future. Would fans turn on Jose Mourinho?
"(Here) I'm losing 2-0 at home in a very important match, the fans were awesome, I'm grateful for that".
"Enough is enough for me". I understand things in the human nature nowadays and in the industry where I work, I used to love it, I still love it is but it is different. I absolutely love it to death. A better team would have picked United off and buried them to make any comeback impossible. "I have no doubts about that", he said. "I hope it's not true but if it is true it's an absolute disgrace".
Sources have told ESPN FC that Mourinho has been pushing for a show of support from Woodward and the Glazer family, United's owners, in recent weeks, with further efforts made this week to prompt them into a public statement of their backing.