A significant change to his routine in light of the rumours that emerged last night, Jose Mourinho addressed the situation in discussion with BT Sport in his pre-match comments.
"He's been made he fall-guy here".
"Sacked in the morning", sang 3,000 Geordies in the direction of Mourinho throughout the game. This is what a football club is.
Whether Mourinho keeps his job remains to be seen, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss came out fighting following weeks of criticism of his handling of United's squad, sparked by his fall-out with star midfielder Paul Pogba and other key players.
"I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed to hear the stadium singing Liverpool songs".
"And 3-2, amazing, but if it was 2-2 I think the feeling would be the same".
The support is not unconditional.
Barely three minutes later, it was Jonjo Shelvey who collected a throw-in, his cross beating Eric Bailly's half-hearted attempt to clear and landing at the feet of Yoshinori Muto who evaded Young before turning to beat David De Gea.
Alexis Sanchez's victor in the 90th minute sent Old Trafford wild but there remain concerns surrounding the club.
While the grand old stadium was rocking, Mourinho barely reacted to Sanchez's victor.
"He's getting better in terms of understanding, that is the key", said Benitez.
"Even though it felt very hard, we did it".
"It's not about the manager or the players, it's about the club and the fans and when you play for a certain club - it doesn't matter if it's a giant like Manchester United - you have to give everything".