Paul Pogba starts for Manchester United at Newcastle United

Paul Pogba starts for Manchester United at Newcastle United

Paul Pogba starts for Manchester United at Newcastle United

Over the years, Mourinho has been made the scapegoat for his touchline altercations with Newcastle managers whenever he graced the St James Park pitch.

More importantly for the Portuguese coach, second-placed United wasted a chance to pull clear of its rivals for Champions League qualification, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea still in range.

A 2-0 victory over Huddersfield last week, in which new signing Alexis Sanchez was outstanding, helped United make minor inroads into Manchester City's colossal lead, although the gap was still 13 points going into this weekend's fixtures.

Ritchie rifled a shot past David De Gea in the 65th minute to punish a profligate United side who wasted several good chances with Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez culpable.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils made just one signing in the winter window, Chile global - Alexis Sanchez, despite never scoring against the Magpies, Sanchez usually performs particularly well, and alongside the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and the ever-controversial Paul Pogba, you would expect the Red Devils to pick up a comfortable win against relegation-threatened Newcastle. We made a defensive mistake with the free-kick [in the build-up to the goal] and, when they were in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.

"We could be here for 10 hours and we wouldn't score a goal - that's the feeling".

The Manchester United forward, who earns a reported £350,000-a-week at Old Trafford, also believes players can be unfairly criticised based on the money they earn. The gods of football were on their side.

The defender was cautioned and further punishment was to follow when Shelvey delivered the free-kick.

"I think they came here today to fight for a point, but they found themselves in a position of winning 1-0 and in that moment they went to all their limits of their efforts of the sacrifice and everything a manager likes to see in his team. It was an intuitive thing", he said.

"Kenedy is a winger that can play as an offensive full-back when we need".

"Players who do it in the box deserve a card more than Smalling in that situation".

Rafa Benitez's side had slipped into the bottom three after Huddersfield's 4-1 victory over Bournemouth earlier in the day, but Ritchie's first goal of the season was enough to move his side up to 13th.

"We had games in the past when we conceded late".

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