EPL: Newcastle beat Manchester United to go out of relegation zone

EPL: Newcastle beat Manchester United to go out of relegation zone

EPL: Newcastle beat Manchester United to go out of relegation zone

"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 handsome 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.

Jose Mourinho praised Newcastle for "fighting like animals" to secure a "beautiful" Premier League victory over his Manchester United team as his winless run on Tyneside continued.

Yet they responded with a gritty display, riding their luck at times to take the points courtesy of Matt Ritchie's 65th-minute victor which propelled them from 18th to 13th.

Manchester United play Spanish giants Sevilla in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League clash on Wednesday.

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

However, Mourinho says he has changed his ways and feels he is now one of the Premier League's best-behaved managers.

That's seven league games without a win for Mourinho at Newcastle, six of which came as Chelsea coach.

It all added up to a hugely encouraging start for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who gave a debut to Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka following his arrival on loan last month.

Alexis Sanchez was denied by a goal-line clearance just before the pendulum swung Newcastle's way, with a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick eventually played in for the unmarked Ritchie to rifle home. Were Newcastle lucky? Yes, they were. But sometimes you deserve that luck. To make things more complicated, they have not won at home since October 21.

Newcastle endured a nervy end to the match, with Gayle twice clearing shots from Martial off the line.

Sanchez inexplicably failed to fire into an empty net after rounding Dubravka, shortly before Ritchie struck the victor. Ultimately we have conceded a sloppy goal. It wasn't going to happen for us today.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp brought on another ex-Southampton man, Adam Lallana, for Firmino, as the visitors ran down the clock easily, Lallana firing wide when he should have scored, to leave the Saints in the bottom three. Firmino returned the favor in the 42nd, playing Salah through with a deft flick and the Egyptian made no mistake from a central position 12 meters out. A shot from Mounie was deflected into the net off Steve Cook for 3-1, before Rajiv van La Parra converted an injury-time penalty to seal the victory.

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