Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez prepared to park the bus against Manchester United

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez prepared to park the bus against Manchester United

So far minimal efforts have been made to extend his contract at Old Trafford, with the manager himself questioning the player's professionalism in April past year. "I don't see a problem". It followed that when Mourinho took over from Moyes' successor, Louis van Gaal, in 2016, he would look to do the same again.

But Mourinho says he has made a concerted effort to improve his behaviour on the sidelines, although he admits he can not be described as "perfect" just yet. I don't like the word protect the players because it looks like they have to protect only the top players - and I think on the pitch every player is the same.

The 20-time English champions lost 2-0 to top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley back in January in their last fixture on the road.

"He has been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I'm really happy", Mourinho said.

"It is hard to see Newcastle offering much more of a threat against a Manchester United side who easily saw off Huddersfield last weekend", Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

According to them, AS Monaco's Brazilian worldwide Fabinho could finally get his move to Old Trafford, after seemingly being linked with them since the early stages of foetal development (probably only a year or so, really).

A loan move to Newcastle on transfer deadline day last month has presented the 29-year-old with the chance to make the forward role his own at St James' Park, with the Algerian determined to prove his worth and stake his claim for the famous number nine shirt.

"But if you ask me if I think Newcastle are going to be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way".

Rafa Benitez indicated on Friday that Jesus Gamez was the only player definitely ruled out through injury.

Newcastle have won just twice in 28 Premier League meetings with Man United, most recently at home in 2012. For me, it was preparation of the games.

In a bid to keep the price of rights rising and encourage potential other bidders such as tech giants Amazon and Facebook, 200 games will be broadcast live, up from 168 in the current deal, in a range of packages. I was not anxious about the mind games, I was anxious about my team.

"Even making mistakes or losing the mind games, you can win the game".

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