The game which expected to be Jose Mourinho last match in the dugout at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager turned even more memorable than what many had expected. Man United displayed a “Fergie Time” performance in the late second half after allowing two early goals which were caused by horrible defending. Goals from what many would say were “Mourinho’s non-favorites” Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, and Alexis Sanchez. These players showed at the right time, saving Mourinho’s bus from another crash. Here are 3 unbelievable stats you may have missed:
Ten Minutes Was All It Took
Ten minutes is all it took for Newcastle to show up Man United’s horrible defending. Benitez’s men came out aggressively pressing United’s midfield and defense. This left United nervous and under serious pressure as the midfield was unable to bring the ball to front three players. Chelsea loanee Kenedy and summer signing Yoshinori Muto sending Man United into deep misery. This is the first time in the Premier League era that United have conceded two goals in 10 minutes at Old Trafford. Not a proud achievement for Mourinho who is famous and constantly criticized for his heaving defensive mentality. Last season Man United had the most clean sheets in the Premier League which was 19. This season looks very worrying as Man United has only had one clean sheet in 8 Premier League games so far.
2. Mourinho Edges Ferguson
This win against Newcastle was Mourinho’s 400th win in his managerial career. Mourinho has managed 597 games in his career. Something the Special One should be happy about and another bragging statement to say in his upcoming press conference. Not only has Jose won hid 400th match of his career but this win makes him the only manager in Manchester United’s history with a win percentage above 60%. Mourinho has managed 131 games as Man United manager, winning 79, 28 draws and 24 defeats. He edges Sir Alex Ferguson by just 0.2% when it comes to winning percentage as Manchester United’s manager. Mourinho currently stands at 60.3% with Ferguson at 60.1%. Another bragging card for Mourinho to pull in his press conference.
3. Sanchez Ends Goal Drought Just In Time
Before his winning goal to complete Man United 3-2 win, Sanchez went 854 minutes before scoring for United. This is his second-longest goal drought in his career. He was close to equaling his worst which was 898 minutes when he played at Arsenal. This also the first time that Alexis Sanchez scored against Newcastle in the Premier League. What a time to get it. Since joining Man United in January, Sanchez hasn’t been delivery performances fans are expecting him to make comparing him to his Arsenal and Barcelona days when he was scoring goals for fun. If Manchester United should build on this win and find momentum, Alexis Sanchez can more than meet United fans expectations.