Frank Lampard urges Manchester United players to stand up for Jose Mourinho

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he is pleased about Jose Mourinho guiding Manchester United to a much-needed triumph over Newcastle United and he is hopeful that the players can produce a similar performance on a weekly basis. The Portuguese tactician had come under fire after United went winless for four matches on the bounce but they came back in style with a dramatic 3-2 comeback triumph after being 2-0 down at one stage.

Speaking in a news conference, Lampard was personally content with Mourinho ending United’s lean patch and believes the players must stand up for the head coach in the forthcoming games, he said: “For Jose Mourinho, being a manager myself now, I know how tough it is when things aren’t quite going right. (The result against Newcastle) was a massive win, which I was personally very happy with for him, and now it’s down to the players. The players have to perform at the level they did in the second half against Newcastle every week.”

Mourinho found himself with the possibility of being sacked after a goal-shy Newcastle United scored twice at Old Trafford within the opening 10 minutes. However, they managed to make a dramatic comeback in the final 20 minutes of the game whereby Alexis Sanchez came with the winner before the stoppage time.

Despite this result, United are still playing catch up to the table with a seven-point deficit to league leaders Manchester City and the forthcoming matches after the international break may give a clear indication whether the club can stay aloft in the title pursuit. Following the internationals, United are scheduled to make the trip to west London to face Chelsea and the fixture does not offer them much of a chance to win based on recent history. United have won just two league games at Stamford Bridge since the millennium.