Manchester United bounced back from an ugly loss against Tottenham Hotspur with a convincing 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town, and they will loko to start another winning streak this Sunday when they take on Newcastle United at St. James Park.
The 24-year-old was withdrawn from play after just 66 minutes at St James' Park, as the Red Devils lost 1-0 against the Magpies.
"It's really far from the goal, clearly the positions were and the players know the positions they have to be, but we missed the challenge in the air". Mourinho's men seem to be doing enough to grind out results and I think they'll go away with another three points on Sunday afternoon.
"There are so many awards, Performance of the Week, Manager of the Month, they should give the guy that behaves better on the touchline and they should give the vote to the fourth official and I am pretty sure I would win!"
"They fought like animals - that's a compliment", he added.More news: Minimum wage will rise
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Conceding United could have no complaints about the result, Mourinho said: "My verdict is that we could've been here for 10 hours and not scored a goal".
Chances were scarce throughout the contest but Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez wasted clear openings, while Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed, before Ritchie capitalised on some slack defending in the 65th minute. Then we have situations. The Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Newcastle United will kick-start today at 7:45 PM IST. Were Newcastle lucky? Yes, they were. To make things more complicated, they have not won at home since October 21.
United couldn't match the aggression of a Newcastle team fighting for survival and there were wild celebrations at full-time as the hosts moved out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle have won just twice in 28 Premier League meetings, most recently at home in 2012 (D7, L19). It would help him if he knew where he was going to play for the next few weeks and then he can flawless that position.
"And if you're asking me what I prefer, three points against Manchester United or against another team, I would say another team because maybe we talk about a six-pointer".
While Mourinho and Benitez used to go head-to-head regularly at the highest level, the Newcastle boss also remembers the big occasions when he would lead Liverpool into battle against Manchester United.