The weekend began with newspaper reports that Mourinho would be sacked by United within hours and it appeared that could well come true as his side quickly fell 2-0 behind to winless Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Given the widespread claims of players falling out with the manager at Old Trafford, this was a result that owed everything to Mourinho's decisions. They sit 10th in the table having made their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years and were booed off the pitch after the goalless draw with Valencia in midweek.
Neville will be at Old Trafford this weekend and he will be backing Mourinho. They're playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world. I have been blamed for extending my contract until 2020 but I didn't point a pistol at the club, they wanted to give it to me.
Mourinho looks set to get the worldwide break to turn things around after attempting to avoid a fifth successive match without a win when Rafael Benitez's Newcastle visit Old Trafford.
But in order to fully turn the club around, Ince suggested Mourinho needed to change both his managerial style and his tactics - pointing to his fractious relationship with Paul Pogba and his defensive style.
United's pressure did not relent and Sanchez responded to his own critics with a fine header from Young's deep cross from the right, prompting resounding chants in support of Mourinho from the buoyant home crowd. "I am 55. I am mature".
These two teams err on the more pragmatic side in terms of play-style, but these days every Manchester United game is worth watching, if only with off-field drama and Mourinho's post-match interviews in mind.
"If you want me to repeat (what I said earlier this week), I repeat".
Mourinho, though, acknowledged that regardless of what happens, he will continue to be a lightning rod for criticism during his time at United.
"I think I'm furious", he said on Sky Sports after a lengthy pause. "I have no doubts about that", he said.
"I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of a cup final and finding out from other people". Where are the values at Manchester United?
Man United will be hoping to dispatch with Benitez's men, if only to quell talk of this season's derailment with less than the first fifth of the full fixture list out of the way. "They had four attackers and it was hard to defend against a very good team".