Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said his side could have played for 10 hours at Newcastle and not scored after they suffered their fifth league defeat of the season losing 1-0 to Newcastle.
The win over second placed United was Newcastle’s first home game win since beating Crystal Palace in October.
Debutant goalie Martin Dubravka was excellent in the Newcastle goal, denying Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick to seal all three points.
Newcastle made 553 sprints compared to United’s 490 and ran 10kms further with DeAndre Yedlin and Ritchie being the game’s fastest and most industrious players. But United had 13 shots, six of which were on target.
“The gods of football were clearly in their side,” said the Portuguese after the match. “It wasn’t going to happen for us today.
“My verdict is we could’ve been here for 10 hours and not scored a goal,” he continued.
“They got from us a defensive mistake, and from a lateral free-kick they scored. They must have an amazing feeling after giving absolutely everything.
“They fought for their points and when they went in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet. I think it’s a beautiful way to win a football match.”
The games result has left United trailing PL leaders Manchester City by 16 points, whilst Newcastle have jumped from 18th to 13th on the table.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said: “We worked as hard as other games, but against a team like Manchester United every ball is important, they can punish you, so you work like them. Amazing effort.
“They are dangerous, but the teamwork we showed to fight for every ball was amazing. I am pleased for the players and the fans. Because we won here at home.
“We had games in past when conceded late. We got lucky with some shots, but we showed the character, the commitment and the desire today.”