Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said that Newcastle United are a “big club” and that he does not believe they will be relegated this season.
The two sides are set to face off at St James’ Park on Sunday, with the the club’s fortunes differing massively during the current campaign.
While the Red Devils are fighting at the top of the table, currently sitting in second, the Magpies are fighting for their Premier League survival in their first season since promotion, and find themselves in 16th, just two places above the drop zone prior to this weekend’s fixtures.
However, Mourinho has delivered a verdict on the club’s future which will leave the Newcastle faithful feeling pleased with the Portuguese manager’s comments, with many pundits and critics having questioned whether the north east side can be considered a big club in recent years.
He was quoted by the Chronicle as saying: “I am not the person to say why because what I know from the club is an incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club.
“If you ask me if I think if Newcastle are going to be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way!
“They are a big club! They know how to get the points to stay in the Premier League.”
Newcastle were soundly beaten 4-1 by Manchester United in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in November, and could kick off the game at St James’ Park in the relegation zone if other results fail to go their way.
Following the clash against Mourinho’s men, the Magpies must wait two weeks for their next fixture, which comes as a visit to south coast side Bournemouth.
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