Those rumours, however, were later quashed by the club themselves, but the feeling still remains that Mourinho is living on borrowed time in the Old Trafford dugout.
"Jose Mourinho has to realise that we expect Manchester United to be challenging to win the league and do well in the Champions League".
The Sky Sports pundit in his prediction for Saturday's meeting between the two sides, claimed that if Man United could hand pick any team to play this weekend they would choose the Magpies.
Formet United and England full-back Gary Neville, one of Ferguson's most dependable players, said such an attrition rate went against the "principles and values" of the club.
"I think he's got some really good quality in the squad who are really low on confidence".
Scholes said Mourinho was becoming an embarrassment for United and added "his mouth is out of control" earlier this week.
"At half-time, we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team and that is fantastic".
Ashley Young could return after a minor knock, but Mourinho will be without three of his key players.
Mourinho made another switch at the break - taking off McTominay and bringing on Marouane Fellaini, with another midfielder Nemanja Matic asked to partner Chris Smalling at the back.
Without a club since getting sacked by PSG in 2016, Laurent Blanc could see a return to Manchester United as the ideal way to come back into management.
"It has to be coming from the top".
A failure to do so ahead of the Newcastle game could be viewed by Mourinho as evidence of a loss of faith and therefore a clear signal that his time is up at United. "If you want to know, you will know".
"Forget Cardiff or Huddersfield it would be Newcastle because they can't score a goal".
The Spurs boss may have taken the London club as far as he can and could see Manchester United as the ideal place to take that next step up in his managerial career, despite his eternal link with the Real Madrid job.
"The last season was phenomenal exactly because of these two factors - our potential and the potential of our opponents".