Jose Mourinho: Newcastle 'fought like animals' to beat Man Utd

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The defeat against Tottenham ended Manchester United's winning run of five games across all competitions, but they bounced back with a huge win over Huddersfield.

However, Benitez admits ultimately even the best-laid plan can be ripped apart by individual brilliance, and he is acutely aware that Mourinho has more of that at his disposal this time around.

"Paul had a very professional behaviour and this week was not different to what Paul is every week", Mourinho told reporters on Friday. "It's just about that". "I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and know his potential and quality".

"I wanted a better way to come out in the first phase against a team defending in a compact block", he explained. He made a big effort.

"It's a real honour for me that the supporters have voted for me".

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Ayoze Perez drove a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area and a superb clearance from Smalling snuffed out another Newcastle threat as United struggled to retain possession.

Newcastle United's Scottish midfielder Matt Ritchie celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on 11 February 2018.

"I don't know why, I think it's the only stadium in the Premier League where I have not won-also Huddersfield but I only played there once", he said. I think now it's the third time it's happened this season. I like to go there and like the feeling of going to Mr Robson's home. I like the Geordies.

"He has been, for a few months, free of minor injuries that can stop [a player's] evolution and I'm really happy [with him]".

Rafael Benitez insists he does not miss the mind games as he prepares to lock horns with Jose Mourinho once again.

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Put to the United boss that it is not easy to manage Newcastle, he said: 'I believe but I am not the person to say why because what I know from the club is the incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club.

More: Watch the manager's full MUTV interview in the media player above.

"I can remember many of them, some of the best ones in the country". Benitez hopes such predictions come true, and has outlined how hard the challenge has been.

"But if you ask me if they will be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way".

This was an unimaginative performance lacking drive and desire and leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

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