Jose Mourinho: Manchester United didn’t start well because of Rafael Benitez’s intelligence

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has respectfully blamed Rafael Benitez for his team’s poor start vs Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Red Devils conceded first after the away team’s intensity caught them off guard and had to attempt to recover.

United did so remarkably, ending the match with a 4-1 result in their favour, completing a convincing comeback win at Old Trafford.

Goals scored by Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku helped Mourinho’s men secure three important points.

Mourinho though has jokingly suggested that the blame lies at the Spaniard’s feet rather than his own players.

According to Football365, Jose said: “We didn’t start well but I don’t blame my players. I blame – in the positive sense – Benitez.

“Very experienced, very intelligent – the team was very well organised. They started very well, creating us problems and we couldn’t play at the same time they were creating those problems in our defensive areas.

“The goal was like a wake-up call and the team reacted very well. The second half was ours. We had control, we had goals, we had beautiful actions.”

The Red Devils three points proved even more crucial as rivals Manchester City managed to secure a win vs former champions Leicester City.

The Sky Blues are eight points ahead of Mourinho’s team and are currently unbeaten in this season’s exciting edition of the Premier League.

Jose though will be hoping his squad can steal points away from Pep Guardiola and his team by beating them head to head.

The two Manchester sides are yet to face each other in the league in what will surely be two fierce encounters that may possibly decide where the title ends up.

The two manager’s history together will certainly add spice to the game despite the pair playing down their rivalry in previous matches.

United will have to embark on a winning streak in order to catch their arch rivals who will eventually drop points in an increasingly competitive English Premier League.

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