Mourinho wanting Man Utd's first win at St James' Park


Normally good players, normally good managers.

"I feel that English football has some cultural heritage, tradition, and there are some qualities I really like in the game".

The club has reached the last 16 of that competition and is now second in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho has offered his backing to Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez, despite the two having a hard relationship in the past.

'But I couldn't win.

"Maybe his manager needs to cry a little bit more?" he said ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle. I know the fans will be behind us. I think the stadium is really nice, I like the atmosphere. I don't like the word protect the players because it looks like they have to protect only the top players - and I think on the pitch every player is the same.

United will face a Newcastle side who sit 17th in the table with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three so Rafa Benitez is desperate for a positive result to boost their survival hopes.

Newcastle, on the other hand, are winless in their last four Premier League games under former Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC manager Rafael Benitez.

However, after recovering from a handful of niggling injuries, Shaw has forced his way back into Mourinho's side and it's been rewarded by the club triggering a one year contract extension on his current deal keeping him at the club until July 2019. I can remember many of them, some of the best ones in the country and Benitez is another example.

"They trusted me at Leicester, it's not that I wasn't trusted".

'But if you ask me if I think Newcastle are going to be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the match despite returning to first-team training after a knee injury during the week, while Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined.