Mourinho wanting Man Utd's first win at St James' Park

Tricia Pearson
February 12, 2018

United fans have been keeping close tabs on Chong over the past 11 days and were excited to catch another glimpse of the youngster in action during this afternoon's match between the club's Under-18 side and their counterparts from Newcastle United.

The Sky Sports pundit was asked about recent newspaper comments criticising the midfielder's "schoolboy" positioning ahead of Manchester United's trip to Newcastle on Super Sunday.

"I think it's the only stadium in the Premier League [he has not won at], also Huddersfield, but I played there only once", Mourinho said.

Unfortunately, he did miss a late penalty but take nothing away from either the goal that he scored or his overall performance. I've always felt attractive matches but hard ones. "I like to go there and like the feeling of going to (former manager) Mr (Bobby) Robson's home". "I think it's a attractive way to win a football match". He is quite clever so he has increased the competition between keepers and that's a good thing between the three of them. I like the Geordies.

'But I couldn't win.

"I'd like to go and see him be able to influence games and win football matches for his team".

Newcastle have won two Premier League games since the start of November. It would help him if he knew where he was going to play for the next few weeks and then he can flawless that position.

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But Benitez has stayed firmly loyal to Newcastle when questioned about the pair.

It looks like being a four-way battle for the three Champions League qualification places behind champion-elect Manchester City, which retained its 16-point lead thanks to United's slip-up. Tomorrow's fixture might not carry the same significance, but Benitez knows it is still an important game.

More: Watch the manager's full MUTV interview in the media player above.

'I can remember many of them, some of the best ones in the country - Benitez another example - so it's hard to understand.

Benitez said: "I was watching the TV, analysing some tactics from Huddersfield, Burnley, West Ham, Stoke, Leicester, a lot of teams playing defensive against Man City ... that is what you have to do with a team who has 80 per cent possession".

However, Newcastle will likely provide a tough test today as the Magpies fight for Premier League survival, with only goal difference separating them from the relegation zone.

Manchester United have been handed a boost with the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training.

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