'He's a winner' - Mourinho backed by Moyes to turn Man Utd's fortunes around

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The Scottish coach insists that the Red Devils boss will be given time to succeed at Old Trafford, despite a poor start to the season

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has backed current boss Jose Mourinho to lead the club forward after their thrilling 3-2 victory against Newcastle.

United fell 2-0 down against the Magpies on Saturday after just ten minutes and went in at half-time facing the real prospect of a fourth defeat in eight Premier League fixtures.

However, Mourinho galvanised his squad during the break and they emerged for the second half with a point to prove, ditching their cautious approach for a quicker, more direct style of football.

The Old Trafford crowd responded with roars of approval and, when Juan Mata fired home a 70th-minute free-kick, the fans could sense something special was on the horizon.

Anthony Martial arrowed home the equaliser six minutes later following a slick interchange with Paul Pogba, which set the stage for January transfer flop Alexis Sanchez to steal the headlines.

The Chilean has been underwhelming since his move from Arsenal, but he headed home the winning goal in the last minute to silence his critics and secure three much-needed points for the hosts.

In the wake of that result, Moyes suggested that the team will go from strength to strength, before endorsing Mourinho to continue in his current role.

"The big thing is that Jose has got himself a fantastic result at the weekend," Moyes told Sky Sports . "It doesn't matter how you win but he did it in good style, beating Newcastle.

"I think that could settle things down a little bit. It takes time for all managers at Manchester United.

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"Jose has been given time and I'm sure given more time - he's a winner and I'm sure he will go on to prove that."

Losses against Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham over the first two months of the season had left Mourinho reportedly on the brink of losing his job, but United's latest win helped to ease the pressure on the Portuguese heading into the international break.

The Red Devils will return to action on October 20, when they face off against Mourinho’s former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a huge fixture for both teams.