The Rafa Benitez Fulham Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
The United boss was predictably quizzed about Saturday marking one year in the job but our ruthless and driven Manager had the perfect response.
Rafa declaring ‘My intention is not to enjoy the anniversary, it is to win’.
What a man!
His year in charge has brought exactly 100 goals and many great memories that are helping us to get over Pardew, Carver and McClaren.
The usual message as well from the United boss, that there is ‘still a long way to go’, although he did acknowledge that ‘we have done well in a difficult week’ of away matches.
Aarons, Hayden and Yedlin are still not available and his message to Mitrovic is simply to keep on trying his best in training.
First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Reading Press Conference:
(When asked where he will be in another year’s time)
“I will be here tomorrow trying to win against Fulham, then after – we will see.
“We know we have ten games to play and we know we have to win games if we want to be in the Premier League next season.
“Mitrovic has to keep doing what he has been doing this week – training well. That’s the only thing he has to do.
“For us, it’s an interesting challenge. They play open football, and they attack.
“It will be a challenge for us. Fulham are an attacking team and they create a lot of chances.
“We have done well in a difficult week but we must continue and do the same – still a long way to go.
“It (first year at Newcastle) has been a great experience but the main thing is seeing the club going in the right direction.
“My intention is not to enjoy the anniversary, it is to win.”
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