Rafa Benitez remained upbeat after the game yesterday and he had prepared the ream so well to play Manchester United yesterday.
And with a bit of luck – we could have added to our score in the first half – but we still ended up losing 3-2 with all three goals conceded in the final 20 minutes of the game.
We have now lost by a single goal to five of the top six teams in the league and lost six of our first eight games.
Rafa must keep the confidence of the side high and start to win some games soon.
Easier said than done.
Rafa Benitez yesterday
There were signs yesterday that Rafa’s coaching and man-management is starting to have a positive effect.
If he could get some help from the owner it would be a lot less difficult for the manager.
If Rafa keeps us up this season let’s remember where we are now – and think what this man could do with a couple of world-class players in the side.
This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“Everybody was disappointed in the dressing room, but I told them we cannot complain about we did.”
“We cannot get upset because we did so well for a while, and we deserved more.”
“We have played against five of the top six already.”
“Last year, we were in the bottom five teams in the table in December, and still we finished tenth.”
“This year, hopefully, it will be the same.”
“I said before the game they (Man United) are a good team, and they will be competing at the top of the table.”
“So it is a pity not to win.”
This was a tough defeat to take.