Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

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"Newcastle United's players and, of course, their staff gave what they have and what they don't have and I think that's a lovely thing in football", said Mourinho, who has never presided over a Premier League -victory in seven attempts at St James' Park and saw his side undone by Matt Ritchie's -second half victor.

Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United confirmed St James' Park status as Jose Mourinho's least favourite away ground.

Newcastle United started this game totally opposite of their approach against Manchester City.

Newcastle are now up to as high as 13th - albeit still only two points above the bottom three.

Rafa Benitez's struggling Newcastle United side welcome Manchester United to St James' Park this weekend.

The Magpies gave a very good account of themselves in the first half, in which neither side were able to score, in part due to a confident debut from Newcastle's new Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, a recent arrival from Sparta Prague.

United might have gone in behind if referee Craig Pawson had not rejected justifiable penalty claims when Gayle went down under a clumsy challenge from Smalling in the 40th minute.

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Ritchie's victor came from a clever flick by Dwight Gayle after Jonjo Shelvey's lofted free-kick had been headed down in the area.

"Newcastle played with their lives and defended with their lives". The visitors haven't lost away to Newcastle since 2012. But in the meantime they might as well get better for a run at the FA and European Cups, so here we are.

The result meant that Jose Mourinho still hasn't won a game there since coming to English football, and all but sends the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium if it wasn't already going there. United made four changes, with Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all returning to the starting XI.

The defender was cautioned and further punishment was to follow when Shelvey delivered the free-kick. "I think they came to fight for a point but found themselves 1-0 up and went beyond all the limits".

Alexis Sanchez delayed in front of an open goal and had a shot blocked, while Martial also had two efforts blocked near the goal line by Dwight Gayle.

Jurgen Klopp's side led after only six minutes as Southampton's defence cracked and Roberto Firmino swept home after Mohamed Salah had played the ball across following a mistake by Wesley Hoedt, who failed to cut out a long pass.

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