Rooney: Mourinho being made 'scapegoat' for Man United players

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The Football Association is to investigate comments made by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as he walked along the touchline after Saturday's 3-2 win over Newcastle, Press Association Sport understands.

United's all-time leading goalscorer told reporters after his latest outing for MLS side D.C. United: "It's tough [at Old Trafford], it has been a tough situation". "I think he's got all those attributes so I hope that it turns around for him".

Following a supposed leak that Jose Mourinho would be sacked following the game regardless of its result, United offered a awful first half and then overturned a 2-0 deficit in the second.

Mourinho is expected to meet the Manchester United hierarchy in London this week as the club continue to deliberate on whether to sack or support him.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is not concerned about losing his job and received a reassuring text message from a senior figure at United ahead of the thrilling win over Newcastle. "He has chosen to have a year out, he will not dive in again before that is over".

The Red Devils are experiencing the famed and invariably tumultuous third season under Mourinho, with problems on and off the field permeating the club.

Three defeats in eight league matches have led to questions about Mourinho's future at United, but both Lampard and Rooney believe the players need to take some responsibility for their current plight.

And after that United face Juventus in the Champions League and Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Since the Premier League was formed in 1992, the Magpies became the first team to score two goals inside the opening 10 minutes at Old Trafford.

"Jose is a serial victor, and I don't buy into this theory that he's finished, that he's a manager of yesterday".

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