Manchester United will give Mourinho time - Essien

Harry Maguire of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium

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The Portuguese coach has been under serious pressure but his side managed to finally return to winning ways with a thrilling comeback victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford this weekend.

However, it does not come as a surprise to any of us that Mourinho has given his players an extra day off as a reward to their ultimate victory, prior to the worldwide break. They have to be counted and they have to be better.

"It's tough (at United), it has been a tough situation", he said in comments reported by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Moyes, who worked at Manchester United during the 2013-14 season, believes the win over Newcastle could be a big turning point for Mourinho. It (the poor run) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target.

His statement came a day after Manchester United failed to beat Spanish club Valencia in their last Champions League game played at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire of Leicester in action during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium
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"Sometimes things are hard and you have to make difficult decisions, try and influence people around you, influence your players to try and get the best out of them", he said. After surrendering two early goals at Old Trafford, United fought back to win the game - goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial drawing them level before Alexis Sanchez ended his own goal drought with a stoppage time victor.

But Fred, who is now on worldwide future with Brazil, admits there is always going to be that pressure in the Premier League.

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On Sunday, an animated Mourinho reacted with fury as his side trailed 2-0, screaming at his players and gesticulating wildly.

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