Zidane, has said he will coach again after walking away from Madrid in May following their third consecutive UEFA Champions League title.
Just like that day, when Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez showed why United have invested heavily in bringing them to the club, it was some of those most harshly criticised or shunned by Mourinho who pulled United out of the mire against Newcastle.
The victor came in the 90th minute when substitute Alexis Sanchez headed home and United ended a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.
In the build-up to the match, Jose Mourinho's position seemed precarious, with one newspaper reporting that he would be sacked regardless of the result.
Paul Pogba has seen his working relationship with Mourinho dominate the headlines, while club captain Antonio Valencia is now paying the price for liking a social media post calling for his manager's head.
Manchester United's fixture list looks imposing.
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Within three minutes, United's sleepy defence allowed Yoshinori Muto to turn easily in the penalty area and beat goalkeeper David de Gea with a low shot.
It took United another 60 minutes to finally come back in the game via Juan Mata. Even all the players commit mistakes that are not.
"Mourinho wasn't allowed to replace them in the summer".
"What I asked the players is to give absolutely everything". I have a contract to 2020, I didn't point a pistol at them.
"At halftime we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team and that is fantastic", he said, adding that he would have preferred not to hear his own name.
"Everybody was disappointed in the dressing room, but I told them we can not complain about we did", said Benitez.