NEWCASTLE, England – Jose Mourinho tripped up once more at St. James’ Park as his Manchester United group was surprisingly overwhelmed 1-Zero by Newcastle on Sunday for a second loss in its final three Premier League video games.
Matt Ritchie’s 65th-minute objective – following a free kick awarded for a dive by United defender Chris Smalling – gave Newcastle a victory that lifted it out of the relegation zone.
It’s now seven Premier League matches and not using a win at Newcastle’s floor for Mourinho, who misplaced three and drew three there throughout two stints answerable for Chelsea.
Extra importantly for the Portuguese coach, second-placed United wasted an opportunity to tug away from its rivals for Champions League qualification, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea nonetheless in vary. Manchester Metropolis, which beat Leicester 5-1 on Saturday, holds a 16-point lead with 11 video games left.
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had a Premier League debut to recollect, saving brilliantly within the first half from Anthony Martial, within the last seconds from Michael Carrick, and searching assured as United piled on the stress within the second half.
Alexis Sanchez delayed his shot in entrance of an open objective and noticed his effort blocked, whereas Martial additionally had two efforts blocked close to the objective line by Dwight Gayle.
“They fought like animals,” Mourinho mentioned.
“They gave their lives to maintain a clear sheet,” he added. “It was not solely them, however the gods in soccer.”
Newcastle had barely troubled United – aside from an early long-range shot by the spectacular Jonjo Shelvey that was tipped apart by goalkeeper David De Gea – till the objective.
Smalling misplaced possession after which dived, pondering Shelvey was about to problem him. The defender was given a yellow card and, from the ensuing free kick, Shelvey’s cross was nodded down, Gayle deftly flicked the ball to the incoming Ritchie, who stroked a left-footed end into the nook for his first objective of the season off his 44th shot.
“For no matter purpose we weren’t ok,” United defender Phil Jones mentioned. “Finally, now we have conceded a sloppy objective. The lads are devastated within the dressing room.”