Jose Mourinho goes all out in praising Newcastle

Jose Mourinho goes all out in praising Newcastle

Jose Mourinho goes all out in praising Newcastle

Matt Ritchie scored a second-half victor for Newcastle as they lifted themselves out of the relegation places with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St James' Park.

With a surprising 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Sunday, United ceded some of the initiative in the race for second place in the Premier League and left its manager cursing the "gods of football" on his latest fruitless trip to the northeast.

Newcastle United's Scottish midfielder Matt Ritchie (R) vies with Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (L) during the football match at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on February 11, 2018.

"Mourinho substituted him in the defeat away to Tottenham after their animated exchange on the touchline at Wembley, then left him out of his starting line-up for last weekend's win over Huddersfield, so he's clearly not happy with aspects of Pogba's game".

An incredible 31 points separate the two sides ahead of kick off with Man United fighting to stay in the top four whereas Newcastle are battling against relegation.

Jose Mourinho's side were the overwhelming favourites heading into the Premier League game at St. James' Park, but it was the home side who picked up all three points from the encounter.

The visitors, though, grew into the game and would have had the lead were it not for Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka, who had a debut to remember.

A Dwight Gayle free-kick was deflected into the path of Jonjo Shelvey, who stung the palms of David De Dea from the edge of the box.

Newcastle's claim for a deserved penalty in the first half was not given by the referee Craig Pawson.

Ayoze Perez fizzed a shot across the face of goal as the host began on the front foot, but Mourinho's men grew in confidence as the first half wore on and began to dominate possession.

Highlighting the fact that the life of a footballer can become hard at times due to several reasons, Manchester United key forward Alexis Sanchez revealed he has seen football superstar Lionel Messi break down after a match.

"The double miss of Martial is incredible".

A third substitution followed, Scott McTominay coming on for Matic, and seconds later Martial had another chance for United but saw his scuffed effort scrambled away from inside the Newcastle six-yard box.

"A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again". They continued to ramp up the pressure in the closing minutes, and Dubravka saved brilliantly from Carrick in stoppage time to secure the win.

"The goal is a mistake".

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