Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that Newcastle United fought “like animals” to secure their shock 1-0 victory on Sunday.
The Magpies, who started the game sitting inside the bottom three of the table after results over the weekend went against them, stunned the Portuguese manager’s men thanks to Matt Ritchie’s second half strike, the Scottish winger drilling home a shot after a well worked set piece from Jonjo Shelvey.
It was a determined and resolute display from the home side, and the opposition boss was quick to hand all the praise to Rafael Benitez’s men after their performance in the immediate aftermath of his team’s defeat.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Super Sunday (11/02, 14:10), he said: “They fought like animals, I hope they understand that’s a compliment.
“They gave everything they have. They fought for their point, and I think a point was what they had in mind.
“I think it was a beautiful way to win a football match the way they did.”
Newcastle’s victory over the Red Devils was their first since December 2013 when Yohan Cabaye netted the only goal of the game, and the result will help ease the pain suffered from the 4-1 thrashing handed out at Old Trafford back in November.
The Toon Army now have two weeks to relish in their victory before they see their side travel to Bournemouth in what will be a big clash in the fight for survival, with the Cherries sitting three points and three places above the Magpies after the three points lifted them to 13th.
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