Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Rafa Benitez reacts to Newcastle's agonising defeat to Man United

Jose Mourinho offers curt replies to questions Jose Mourinho offers curt replies to questions Credit getty images
Betsy Taylor | 07 October, 2018, 11:41

United fought back from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle United 3-2 on Saturday, with Alexis Sanchez scoring a 90th-minute victor in front of the Stretford End at Old Trafford.

It was United's first win the Premier League since mid-September. I can cope with it. "Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it".

"The way we started game they were panicking".

"In my football memories, I remember when I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed that the stadium was singing their song, but now I am in a situation where I'm losing 2-0 at home in a match everyone knows is important for us to win, and they were awesome".

A more than proven commodity at one of the Premier League's biggest clubs, Pochettino could be the flawless candidate to get Manchester United back on track.

Reports last night suggested the Red Devils would sack Mourinho, regardless of the result against Newcastle.

United entered Saturday having taken just 10 points through seven games - their fewest at that stage of a top-flight campaign since 1989.

If that sounds contradictory, then it's typical of the chaos this season, and illustrative that Mourinho can still make big calls and get things right - but simultaneously make damaging errors that hurt himself and United.


The news prompted former United favourite Gary Neville to accuse the United board of "playing (video game) Football Manager with the biggest club in the world". I still love it, but it is different.

"Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch".

"Newcastle will go there for a 0-0 but United will eventually break them down".

"At half-time, we are losing 2-0 and I know we can do better [than] we are doing".

The under-pressure Portuguese manager may agree with Merson's assessment of the Magpies' current attacking threat however it's clear that he wouldn't choose to play Benitez's side ahead of anyone, as it's a hard game.

"I think it's a ridiculous talk because the players, they do not play for the manager", Mourinho said.

"The people in the boardroom who are overseeing the football operations are nowhere near good enough; they're not qualified". Get some leadership and for me at this moment in time I'm furious.

Yet United made it clear on Saturday morning that Mourinho's position is not under imminent threat, as they insisted no decision has been made over his long-term future. If tomorrow [it] rains in London, it's my fault. If there is some difficulty to have the agreement of Brexit, it's my fault.

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