Keep calm and carry on, Benitez urges Newcastle after late defeat

Keep calm and carry on, Benitez urges Newcastle after late defeat

Keep calm and carry on, Benitez urges Newcastle after late defeat

Following early strikes from Magpies duo Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto, United went in to the break two goals down and with large sections of the crowd against them.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to be sacked as Manchester United manager this weekend. "Even if we don't score the last goal, the feeling would be a positive feeling because as I was saying, nobody can promise to win matches, but the professionals should promise to give everything and that's what they gave".

The victor came in the 90th minute, when substitute Alexis Sanchez headed home and a much-relieved United ended a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.

Juan Mata emerged from the dugout with 19 minutes on the clock, and one can only imagine how Eric Bailly must've felt when he saw his number light up the fourth official's electronic board.

Newcastle's two points from eight games is now their worst start to a Premier League season.

After weeks of speculation and scrutiny, the Daily Mirror reported this morning the 55-year-old would be axed irrespective of the outcome of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Newcastle.

"It´s ridiculous talk to say they don´t play for the manager, they play for the club".

Eager to recover from the nightmare start, Mourinho opted for the bold decision to call upon one of his substitutions less than halfway through the first period.

"I discussed it with him, it does not really attract him". And I'll be there to give it to him.

Ashley released a statement on Thursday refuting the accusation, while Benitez, speaking ahead of a trip to under-pressure United, suggested his own interpretation of the gesture could mark a rare away win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Despite the Red Devils' problems, Benitez has rejected the suggestion Jose Mourinho's side are "fragile".

It was a much improved performance in the second half by the home side and former Newcastle striker Shearer says the fact they turned things around shows that the players are also to blame for recent form, along with the manager and Woodward.

Mata praised the vocal support for pushing the team towards their eventual win but admitted the fans deserved better than from the players especially because of the continuing off-field issues.

"As a team, we did so well", said Benitez.

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