After the game, even Jose Mourinho found time to praise the Newcastle players and how they defended in those final 15 minutes when we were under extreme pressure and winning the game 1-0.
There were some unbelievable blocks and saves from the Newcastle players.
Two that come to mind was the impressive Florian Lejeune’s block from Alexis Sanchez when it looked certain he would put the ball into an open net.
And right at the death, from a corner, another brilliant save by our new and very impressive goalkeeper Martin Dubravka that preserved the fabulous victory.
Jose Mourinho – not enjoying the game
What a debut this lad had!
But it was a team effort yesterday, and if we can get three or four top players into the club this summer, and keep the loan players we have – Newcastle can become a force to be reckoned with next season.
This is what Jose said of the Newcastle players after the game:
“They fought like animals – I hope they take that as a compliment,”
“The Gods of football were on their side. It wasn’t going to happen for us today.”
“Newcastle gave what they have and what they don’t have, that’s a beautiful thing in football.”
“They fought for their point, a point is what they had in mind.”
“We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.”
Jose Mourinho branded the Newcastle players animals, but he did mean that as a compliment.
Jose has always praised the opposition when they are well organized and give 100%.
Rafa’s Benitez teams never give up, and we remember Arsene Wenger saying that there’s one thing about Benitez teams – they keep trying whatever the score is.
Newcastle played exceptionally well as a team all game long, and especially on those final 15 minutes.
That’s when Manchester United threw everything at us – including the kitchen sink – and we survived.
Let’s be clear this was a magnificent performance from our lads.
We will never forget yesterday’s game as the way we want to see our Newcastle players play all the time – with guts, skill, energy, commitment, and passion for the shirt.
That’s what we saw yesterday, and we are so proud of them all – including Rafa Benitez of course.
Rafa will be leaving Newcastle in the summer – no way Jose.