THE relationship between Jose Mourinho and one of his star players sunk to a new low after he substituted the defender after just 19 minutes!
Staying in Manchester and Red Devils bad boy Paul Pogba was lucky to avoid a straight red card after a shocking achilles-snapping tackle on a Magpies player.
Meanwhile, there’s a bizarre reason why barely anyone showed up to Wembley to watch Spurs beat Cardiff.
Eric Bailly was hauled off just 19 minutes into Manchester United’s incredible clash with Newcastle.
The Ivorian defender paid the price after Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto put Toon 2-0 up after just 10 minutes of the Premier League clash.
Under-fire Jose Mourinho responded by replacing Bailly with Mata as he tried to get something from his players who eventually came back to win the game 3-2.
Speaking at halftime, former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand said he thought Bailly’s time at the club could be up.
He told BT Sport: “I don’t see a way back for Eric Bailly, dragged off.
“The manager said in the last game he didn’t have players that could play the ball out from the back and he’s been made the fall guy here.”
While the decision to hook Bailly may have seemed harsh – few can argue that Mourinho got it right.
SPURS DEFEAT CARDIFF IN HALF-EMPTY WEMBLEY
Eric Dier scored Tottenham’s winner in front of a DIRE crowd at Wembley.
A gate of just 43,268 watched this clash — to the surprise of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino appeared stunned when, after taking his seat in the dugout before kick-off, he looked up and saw the upper tier of the stadium nearly empty.
Poch said: “Yes, I was a little surprised it was empty. I understand it’s so difficult. We cannot ask for more from our fans. It was a difficult day, the weather was bad.
“It was not easy. But I was surprised the last tier was empty.”
Tottenham released a statement on their website last month saying the game against Cardiff would not be played in front of a full stadium.
Wembley has a limit on the number of events that can be staged with a full capacity, and Spurs had planned to be in their new stadium by now.
JOSE SPRAYS THE CAMERAMAN
Jose Mourinho experienced a rollercoaster of emotions as Man United completed a remarkable comeback.
The Old Trafford chief went from playfully squirting a cameraman with water, to raging as his team went 2-0 down in 10 minutes, to joyous celebrations after they came back to win.
Mourinho had appeared jovial before the game against Newcastle as the under-pressure coach playfully sprayed a cameraman with a bottle.
But it was his side that was soon in hot water and drowning as Chelsea loanee Kenedy and then Yoshinori Muto put Rafael Benitez’s team two goals up early on.
Paul Pogba was fortunate to escape with a yellow card after a nasty tackle on DeAndre Yedlin.
The French midfielder was booked for his challenge on the Newcastle man, but it could have been a lot worse.
Pogba raked his studs down the back of Yedlin’s Achilles, leaving him on the floor in pain.
Referee Anthony Taylor booked the Manchester United star in the 63rd minute of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
One Twitter fan wrote: “Pogba should get a ban for that tackle, and any other player that does that. Stood right on his Achilles, a potential career-ender. Surely has to be more than a yellow card.”
Another social media post read: “That foul from Pogba on Yedlin, I think those should be a straight Red card. Deliberate foul. No intention or even chance of winning the ball.”