Jose Mourinho isn’t renowned for handing  out praise after ending up on the losing side but he made an exception on Sunday.

His record now reads played one lost one with Manchester United in the Premier League at St James Park and his overall PL record at Newcastle is now played seven, lost four, drawn three and won none.

Quite remarkable.

Jose Mourinho says that Newcastle’s players ‘gave their lives’ to keep the Man Utd players out and whilst that is obviously slightly over-dramatic, it was certainly a committed dispaly by all 14 players who took to the pitch in black and white.

Once again going into drama, Mourinho asked that Newcastle players took it as a compliment that they ‘fought like animals’.

We certainly saw a team performance where the 11 individuals gave far more as a collective, whereas you could argue that players such as Pogba, Lukaku and Sanchez, who all each cost as much as individuals as Newcastle’s whole side did, weren’t as effective as a group.

Rafa Benitez pulled it off and fair play to Jose Mourinho that this time he has taken it on the chin.

Jose Mourinho:

“Newcastle fought like animals.

“I hope they take that as a compliment.

“The gods of football were on their side and it wasn’t going to happen for us today.

“Newcastle gave what they have and what they don’t have, that is a beautiful thing in football.

“They fought for their point, a point is what they had in mind.

“We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front, they had only one thing in mind.

“They gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.

“It’s a lateral free kick, it is not even a lateral free-kick from a dangerous position, it is really far from the goal, clearly the positions were the players miss the challenge in the air.

“I remember clearly without television, just with my memory from the touchline, a Newcastle player jumping and two of my players looking at him and staying on the floor.

“So the guy won the ball in the air and then the second in the face of David de Gea.

“No complaints, I don’t like to complain about referees on this kind of situation.

“What I know is we missed the challenge in the air and, we missed the second ball, I coach my players, not the referees, I have to be more disappointed with my players for losing the challenge.

“We train, we work, we organise, the players have their individual jobs in situation in defence, the players know there’s responsibilities.

“I’m pretty sure that you already watch that goal on television a few times, I didn’t. I’m pretty sure that you did, so you know more than me and you know who lost the challenge in the air.

“So I think it’s better if you don’t put me in a position where I don’t criticise a player.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0

Goals:

Newcastle: Ritchie 65

Possession was Man Utd 64% Newcastle 36%

Total shots were  Man Utd 13 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Man Utd 6 Newcastle 3

Corners were  Man Utd 10 Newcastle 0

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 84), Gayle (Joselu 80), Perez (Hayden 90+4)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Murphy, Merino

Crowd: 52,309 (Man Utd 3,000)

(Alan Shearer gives his reaction to the win HERE)



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Top guy, gracious in defeat.
    2 ex Real Madrid managers & 2 of the greatest managers in the game going head to head, with the old Fox winning

  • TheFatController

    Seems he thinks his defender bottled it as Lejeune came in like a Bigg Market bouncer sorting ‘handbags’ at 1.45am this morning…

  • Peaky Magpie

    Win our last 11 games that’s 61 points and a top seven finish….I’ll take that…DRINK…..🥃🥃🥃

    • Coach Clagnut

      You’ll need more than 3 mate.

    • Rich Lawson

      Thank you,I believe i’ll have a pint of your finest potteries ale.

  • Peter Robson

    Let´s just bask in “The Chosen One” dishing out praise on our battlers !!!

  • Simon Ritter

    Not sure how the Specious One reckons we were playing for a 0-0. Shelvey could have scored and Gayle earned a penalty (not given, what a surprise!) long before the visiting team put us under any sort of pressure. If Mourinho is gracious in defeat, I’m a glory-hunting Magpie. And we all know that species is extinct.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      you obviously didn`t see his interview

      • Simon Ritter

        I heard every word he said. Mourinho is as manipulative and political as his purple-nosed predecessor. He works the press like a puppet-master. They love him because he gives good quotes. He always has an unstated agenda. Anybody who accepts at face value what he says is naive in the extreme.

        • Down Under Mag

          He didn’t take anything away from the ffort from our boys though – that should be commended. Yes, he may have been trying to point out to his own players they need to work harder as well but at least he didn’t undermine the result or the performance like so many have done before him.

    • len robson

      For now

    • Coach Clagnut

      I also suspect 99% of fans would have taken a 0 – 0 if offered before kick off.

  • Coach Clagnut

    We’re not a threat to Mourinho hence the nice words. I also believe his respect for Sir Bob extends to the club in general.

    If it wasn’t for a couple of great saves from our new keeper and some flinging body blocks we could have been well beaten despite not getting, yet again, a stonewall penalty.
    I reckon if we’d been breathing down their necks in the table, Mourinho’s post match blather would have been a bit moodier.

  • GToon

    It’s nice that he said that. He didn’t have to. Compare and contrast his quotes with the managerial coward from the other Manchester team.

  • Down Under Mag

    Was amazed by his response – too often you see managers with sour grapes, looking to justify themselves or find some excuse as to why they deserved more than they got. Fair play to Jose, he handled it well…basically they had loads of chances but NUFC just defended in packs and gave everything to the cause and the fact he acknowledged that is great to see…yes he’s probably trying to say to his own players that skill can only get you so far and you need to work harder but still nic eto see some praise from an opposing manager for a well fought victory.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Great to see a manager take defeat well and praise for our side unlike that horrible bloke who manages Man City I do not like him at all no crack just a smug arrogant bloke.