'I was unlucky because they scored in the seconds before that, and then I'm going to face a different Newcastle, a Newcastle that in that moment the only think is to defend'.
Capitalising on United's slumping defeat, Pepe Guardiola's Manchester City who earlier thrashed 2014-15 Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday to go 16 points clear at top of English League.
"A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again".
"I don't like to complain about referees in this situation".
It was the closest Mourinho came to criticising his players in a surprisingly composed assessment of one of their worst performances of the season.
He added during his post-match press conference: "I think first of all that the Newcastle United players and obviously staff, they gave what they have and what they don't have and I think that's a attractive thing in football".
GettyPaul Pogba is substituted after his poor showing at Newcastle
However, Mourinho was far more eager to give his verdict on Newcastle's players and left nobody in any doubt he was impressed by their response to dropping into the bottom three in the wake of good results for their relegation rivals. "The way they fought for every last thing is a lovely thing".
"Now we have more competition in goal, that is always positive for the team". Manchester United, meanwhile, remain in second place but looked poor defensively and could not match their opponents' desire and commitment, which will surely concern Mourinho.
"But I have to cry a little bit, I have to try to protect my players because, really, you can see the way Alexis was welcomed".
"Were they lucky? Yes they were, but sometimes you attract that luck with your state of mind and after the 1-0 they fought for their lives and that is a lovely thing in football". "It keeps us believing we can win against anyone". "We win, we draw, we lose, but today it was even better, for sure". "It's a boost for everyone".
Dubravka also made a vital stop in the opening 45 minutes after United hit Newcastle on the break when Nemanja Matic sent Martial clean through on goal.