Rafa was very pleased with Newcastle first 30 minutes at Old Trafford tonight.
But then we conceded two goals just before halftime after going 1-0 up through Dwight Gayle after 14 minutes, and our lads seemed to lose their belief in the second half.
But Rafa has something to take out of this game with the excellent play in the first 30 minutes but we conceded some very poor goals too.
You cannot give sloppy goals away against a team like the Red Devils and expect to get something out of the game.
Rafa Benitez shakes hands with Jose Mourinho
Rafa explained what happened in the game:
“I think it’s a very simple analysis,”
“It was a very good first 30 minutes and everything was great. We were working hard, we had a clear idea of what to do and we were doing well.”
“But then we conceded a goal, and the second goal made a big difference in terms of the mentality.”
“We had the chance through Isaac Hayden but couldn’t score, and we lost the belief we had in the first half.”
“We couldn’t keep the belief after the second goal, and then they scored a third goal too.
“Then it was a different game, but I’m really pleased and proud of my players in the first 30 minutes.”
“Then after, if you pay big money for players, they can make the difference.”
“You could see the difference in terms of the money spent. But it’s not as if we didn’t know that, we knew.”
“There was a big difference in that respect between the two teams, but I was really pleased with the first 30 minutes.”
“We had a couple of good chances in the first half on the counter-attack, but couldn’t score.”
“We were quite strong physically and technically.”
“But to concede the second goal in the way we did and not to score with the chances we had made it more difficult to cope in the second half and have the same belief. But we tried.”
“We conceded the third goal, and that is a big difference against this team.
“My team was creating problems. They were doing well and working hard.”
“It was Newcastle United against Manchester United, and they are different teams at different levels.
“I was really proud of my team.”
Good words there from Rafa but he has a lot of work to do next week on the training field – we need to get something out of the home game against Watford next Saturday.