Tuesday's goalless draw against Valencia in the Champions League - a match where United struggled to live up to their fans' expectation of attacking football - also meant former Chelsea boss Mourinho had gone four home matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career.
It was reported on Friday evening that the Manchester United boss was set to be sacked this weekend regardless of the team's result against Newcastle.
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Jose Mourinho has singled out Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay for their failure to deal with the current pressure at Manchester United.
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Jose Mourinho is unable to control his squad with some players wanting him to be sacked immediately.
For Newcastle, Solomon Rondon is out with a thigh injury, while Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez are likely to miss out with hamstring problems. "All of them have been really strong every year with good managers, good players, so I don't see any fragile Manchester United team".
Asked at his pre-match press conference on Friday if he felt he had taken United as far as he could last season, Mourinho said: "No".
On Saturday, the Red Devils host Newcastle United, with both sides looking to create a bit of momentum.
Man United will be hoping to dispatch with Benitez's men, if only to quell talk of this season's derailment with less than the first fifth of the full fixture list out of the way. I said last season was a fantastic season for us.
United have gone five games without a win just once since 1999, and when it was put to Mourinho that such a sequence for a club of United's size is not acceptable, he said: "Yes, I accept [it is not good enough]".