Friday, 17 August, 2018

Manchester United Shocked in 1-0 Upset by Matt Ritchie, Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho is this weekend finally hoping to get that winning feeling at St James Park Jose Mourinho is this weekend finally hoping to get that winning feeling at St James Park
Eugene Bates | 12 February, 2018, 02:07

The French midfielder appeared to be limping at times in the first half at St James' Park but he remained on the pitch beyond half-time.

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".

Pogba was at fault in the build-up to Newcastle United's goal, with Matt Ritchie netting for the home side in the 65th minute on Tyneside.

Mourinho claimed there were "no problems" with Pogba's fitness, despite some suggestions he was carrying an injury, and says he planned to make the change before his side went behind.

The result meant that Jose Mourinho still hasn't won a game there since coming to English football, and all but sends the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium if it wasn't already going there.

"The gods of football were on their side. We got lucky with some shots, but we showed the character, the commitment and the desire today".

Asked for his assessment of Pogba's performance, Mourinho added: "I don't analyse players individually".

It was Newcastle's most impressive win of the season and moved them two points clear of the relegation zone. Smalling somehow decided it was a good idea to anticipate a Jonjo Shelvey challenge that never arrived as he carried the ball out of defence, taking a dive which rightly earned him a yellow card and gave Newcastle an attacking free-kick just when they had been looking vulnerable at the back themselves. We made a defensive mistake with the free-kick [in the build-up to the goal] and, when they were in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.

Manchester United will return to Premier League action next weekend when they take on Huddersfield Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup away from home.

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