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Newcastle fought like animals for the result - Mourinho

Newcastle fought like animals for the result - Mourinho

"I like to go there, I like the feeling of being at Mr [Bobby] Robson's home, I like the stadium, it is really nice and I like the atmosphere, they are good and enthusiastic".

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.

Alexis Sanchez's Champions League experience is key, says Jose Mourinho.

But Mourinho is making a focused effort to change tack at a time of refereeing scrutiny, such as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's anger towards officials after last weekend's frenetic 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

"I think they came here today to fight for a point, but they found themselves in a position of winning 1-0 and in that moment they went to all their limits of their efforts of the sacrifice and everything a manager likes to see in his team".

Mourinho said: "First of all Newcastle players and staff, they gave what they have and what they don't have and that is the lovely thing in football".

Newcastle have won two Premier League games since the start of November.

"Maybe his manager needs to cry a little bit more?" he said ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle. "I know Benítez loves football and I know he's very, very happy".

United legend Ryan Giggs was among the experts who suggested that Pogba could be deployed in a more aggressive manner but Jose Mourinho does not agree, saying he is best deployed as a midfielder.

"The kid in the playground who when you're defending he's always looking to get free so that when you do pick the ball up he's always the free man. He coped at Yeovil too with some bad tackles like against Huddersfield".

The visitors offered some late pressure but could not find a way past debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, meaning their chances of catching City look nearly gone with 11 matches left to play.

In a two-man midfield, Pogba has struggled to impress, with the former Juventus star failing to focus on his defensive duties. To let the top players play with freedom?

"With the team I have now, you have to prepare every single detail, but they can still make the difference with one thing you're not expecting".

The result, the club's first home win since October 21, has taken the club two points clear of the drop zone.

He will now need to decide how best to proceed, meaning his starting XI is likely to be an intriguing one as kick-off approaches and leaves Newcastle unsure of how to plan for the visit of Man United.


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