I'd rather we beat relegation rivals than United, says Benitez

Jose Mourinho Rafa Benitez

Jose Mourinho Rafa Benitez

"With so many opinions, we are in a world of opinions, people get confused but no confusion between me and Paul - he is a midfield player and that's it". Spurned by Man United! Paul Pogba is nearly certain to be restored to the starting lineup after being dropped last weekend, while it remains to be seen which of the available central defenders are now first choice.

Newcastle United have handed a debut to goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka, as they prepare to take on Manchester United in the Premier League (2:15pm kick-off). Newcastle retreated into their own half and pretty much stayed there until 15 minutes remained. The tactics from Rafa Benitez were about respect and damage limitation.

Mourinho would be extremely cautious about throwing him straight back into action today, although his squad is otherwise in reasonably good health.

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Matic (McTominay, 77), Pogba (Carrick, 66), Martial, Lingard (Mata, 66), Sanchez, Lukaku.

The result, the club's first home win since October 21, has taken the club two points clear of the drop zone.

"They know the rules and if the cards come, the referee will be in control of it".

Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty moments later though after a very clumsy challenge by Chris Smalling on Gayle. Newcastle attacked. Mourinho's side, assembled at a cost of around £350m, simply evoke no fear.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho described his side's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday as "beautiful". The visitors are on the cusp of a battle for the top four, six points above the unpredictable Chelsea. Tyneside felt united for 90 minutes.

"A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again".

Ritchie scored after Jonjo Shelvey's free kick into the penalty area was knocked down into his path.

Newcastle made a strong start and were nearly ahead after five minutes when the ball broke to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box and his strike brought an excellent save from David De Gea.

St James' Park erupted.

Co-commentator Gary Neville admitted Pogba still needs to add "maturity" to his game but insists Manchester United are better with him in their side. He gets a second bite of the cherry but Newcastle get more men in front of the effort!

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