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The match was played in a tense atmosphere, United having denied a report earlier in the day that Mourinho would be sacked that weekend regardless of the result.
Manchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick hails Jose Mourinho as managerial 'great' alongside Sir Alex Ferguson
Carrick told Britain's Press Association that the most striking thing about the Portuguese boss was his track record in winning trophies over many years.
But a thrilling comeback from 2-0 down to beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 could prove to be little more than a stay of execution for Mourinho, with a run of tougher fixtures looming.
Senior figures at United told Press Association Sport that Mourinho would retain his job for the immediate future.
United's stuttering start to the season has seen the experienced Portuguese coach's position at Old Trafford repeatedly called into question.
Jose Mourinho's United have made their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years after an embarrassing 3-1 loss at West Ham and are already out of the League Cup.
Kick-off was delayed by five minutes as United were held up by traffic that meant Mourinho's men didn't arrive at the stadium until less than 45 minutes ahead of the planned 8pm (1900GMT) start time.
Mourinho revealed that Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard have been left out of the Valencia roster.
In a notable development, the Portuguese insisted that Pogba will return to his starting line-up at the London Stadium having impressed with his attitude in training this week.
Mourinho appears to have lost his patience with his high-profile star after Pogba urged United to attack more following a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.