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

Undoubtedly, that is a trend that needs to stop. We did really well in the first half, even in the second half we had two or three situations on the counter-attack when we could have scored a third goal.

"As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow it rains in London it is my fault, " Mourinho said.

The manager used his programme notes before the game on Tuesday to say "the team is always more important than the individual" and "the crest on the chest is more important than the name on the back of the shirt". He is also good at the tactical side of things with his first season at Chelsea yielding the league title.

Before yesterday's clash with the Magpies, Mourinho had gone four home matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career following Tuesday's draw with Valencia in the Champions League. They made the difference.

"This team defensively only conceded one more goal than Manchester City last season, and they are all over the place this year because they are constantly hearing their manager tell them they are not good enough", he said.

Newcastle are 18th in the Premier League with Benitez coming under pressure, though in this case it is from the club's owners rather than fans who are still backing the Spaniard.

I think any manager would struggle at Manchester United, with the way in which the recruitment is handled, the way in which it operates. Just 3 minutes later, Newcastle doubled the lead, when Japan striker Muto, found the net from inside the box.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles was also denied by De Gea, while Young's handball should have resulted in a penalty following Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick.

It was a day where he could be happy with his substitutions though with Mata getting the first and Sanchez getting the victor whilst the decision to move Paul Pogba deeper certainly worked as the Frenchman ran the game in the second half.

Mourinho gave a short and terse news conference earlier in the day, after which Neville said the 55-year-old "looked fed up" following heavy criticism of his side's poor run of form, having won just three of their last nine games in all competitions.

Benitez's campaign got off to a bad start, with his transfer wish list ignored and only 25.8 million euros invested, his team have had mediocre results.

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