Man Utd defeat extends Mourinho's St James' Park hoodoo

Jose Mourinho

GETTY Jose Mourinho has never won at St James Park

On six previous league visits to St James' Park across two spells as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho never tasted success away to Newcastle United.

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.

Ritchie's goal came from a free-kick awarded for a needless dive by United defender Chris Smalling inside his own half.

"They got from us a defensive mistake and from a free-kick they scored".

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.

Against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, the United that Mourinho is not too fond of turned up at St James' Park.

"They fought for their points and when they went in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet".

"We had some [chances] with the score at 0-0", said Mourinho. Couldn't do much for Ritchie's second half goal.

The England worldwide has been at least a substitute in every match in all competitions under Jose Mourinho in 2017-18, although he did not get off the bench in their last away game, when they lost 2-0 to Tottenham.

"Romelu Lukaku is in his first season in the Champions League, Marcus Rashford maybe played a couple of matches with Mr Van Gaal, the same with Jesse Lingard, and Anthony Martial one season with Monaco and a couple of matches here".

At the John Smith's Stadium, David Wagner's team took a seventh-minute lead as Alex Pritchard took Mounie's pass and drilled in his first Huddersfield goal since his January move from Norwich.

Mourinho would be extremely cautious about throwing him straight back into action on Sunday, although his squad is otherwise in reasonably good health. "It was an intuitive thing", he said. So you know more than me and you know who lost the challenge in the air, you know clearly that so I think it is bad if you put me in a position where I have to criticise a player.

In the other game Sunday, Huddersfield collected its first league win in almost two months by beating Bournemouth 4-1 to climb out of the relegation zone. "But obviously I am disappointed because we did more than enough to leave without a defeat". A massive goal for him, hopefully he can find his old form between now and the end of the season to help kick us on away from the drop zone. "The lads are devastated in the dressing room".

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