Jose Mourinho's incredible tribute to Newcastle after Manchester United win

Grant SmithFeb 12, 2018

The gods of football were clearly on their side.

"It wasn't going to happen for us".

Ritchie scored the only goal of the game when he collected a Dwight Gayle flick to shoot past David de Gea after Florian Lejeune had knocked down Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick.

The Magpies are without a win in their last four in the league, however, with their last three points arriving away to Stoke City on New Year's Day.

Hello good afternoon, the week 27 fixtures of the English Premier League continue this afternoon with Manchester United taking on Newcastle United at 14: 15 pm (GMT).

"The way that we were playing, with everybody giving everything, was absolutely fantastic".

Liverpool moved back above Tottenham and into third place in the Premier League table as two first-half goals gave them a routine 2-0 victory at struggling Southampton. Newcastle gave what they have and what they don't have, that's a handsome thing in football.

However, debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was brilliant in goal for the home side, including making a stoppage time save to keep a clean sheet and earn the three points for his side.

"We had some [chances] with the score at 0-0", said Mourinho.

One exception was Alexis Sanchez and he nearly put them ahead in the 57th minute when he rounded Dubravka before his goal-bound shot was blocked by Florian Lejeune. After Chris Smalling conceded a free-kick for diving near the halfway line, Shelvey sent a simple long ball into the box, Gayle cushioned a loose ball into Ritchie path and he swept home completely unmarked from 12 yards out.

Manchester United's manager attempted to divert attention from the deficiencies of his team - and in particular those showcased in central midfield by Paul Pogba - with some extravagant, if fully -warranted, praise of Rafael Benítez and his -relegation threatened squad. 'It was an intuitive thing.

Against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, the United that Mourinho is not too fond of turned up at St James' Park.

'Clearly I know we lost the duel in the air and it's hard to accept that'.

"We didn't show up".

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