Jose Mourinho has said that what Rafa was saying in the summer – that it was going to be difficult for Newcastle this season – is proving itself true.
Newcastle have just 2 points from our first 8 games, and we had 11 points at the same stage last season.
Jose and Rafa have been rivals for a long-term and have been winning trophies since 16 years ago.
Jose has continued to win trophies over the last few years, but Rafa is at Newcastle.
And the top manager seems to be stuck in limbo along with our Newcastle team.
Two old foes – Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez on Saturday
Rafa is not getting the investment from the owner that he needs to build a top team anytime soon at Newcastle.
And we know this could be his final full season of three at St. James’ Park.
This is what the Manchester United manager said after the game:
“Well, I think their manager said in the pre-season period that their season was not going to be an easy one.”
“And the majority of the times the managers are right with their feelings.”
“Rafa is one of the big ones.”
“He knows perfectly his job and his team, and I think when he plays against the bigger teams, it gets easier for them.
“Because then he can organize the team perfectly by the defensive point of view.”
“The world is full of top managers but not many have the trophies, and Rafa has the trophies.”
Ashley doesn’t think the club will be sold this season.
So he will have a difficult job of persuading Rafa that he will change his ways and start giving him big money to spend on players in future transfer windows.
That’s not going to happen.