Marouane Fellaini revealed that José Mourinho asked Manchester United players "to be men and not to fear" before their dramatic return victory over Newcastle United.
Amid fierce speculation about Mourinho's future, United dropped two goals in 10 minutes. on Saturday, the first time in the history of the Premier League that happened at Old Trafford.
But they came together to score three goals in the last 20 minutes, with Juan Mata and Anthony Martial before Alexis Sánchez left with a 90-minute winner. .
Fellaini, who showed up at halftime instead of Scott McTominay, told BT Sport: "The manager asked us to be men and not to be afraid and just play."
"That's what we did. "The first half was a difficult time for us, but we were more aggressive in the second half and we played more directly and created more opportunities."
Mata, meanwhile, feels that positive results can fix any crisis in football, even a story that has generated the level of debate as the future of Mourinho.
"We needed something like that," he said. "It was very difficult to come back but we created more opportunities than we scored.
" We gave everything we had to win and in the second half we felt that we had nothing to lose, and it is natural to create more when that happens.
"It's a relief and we felt that we got what we needed, in football, the results make everything right, in the second half we tried it especially for the fans, and tonight they go home happy."
After their first win in five games, United faces Chelsea, Juventus and Everton after the international break.