Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho has criticised his attackers for missing lot of chances when they faced Rafa Benitez men on Sunday, February 11 in the 0-1 defeat in a Premier League tie.
Mourinho strikers in the front line wasted lot of chances that cost the Premier League giants three points at Tyneside.
Mourinho blamed His Striker For United Painful Loss
The trio of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, and Romelu Lukaku all missed scoring chances that could have put an end to their seven-match winless streak at Sainst James’ Park.
Matt Ritchie of Newcastle scored the winner for the Magpies in the second half.
Mourinho said: “We could be here for ten hours and we wouldn’t score a goal — that’s the feeling.
“When you see the number of chances we lost, starting in the first half when Anthony was facing the keeper.
“In the second half, we had Alexis with an open goal and then we had an accumulation of situations where it’s incredible that we didn’t score.”
The ‘Special One’ also condemned the France international, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic for a porous defending and not able to stop Florian Lejeune heading on Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick in the lead up to Ritchie’s goal.
Mourinho added: “The free-kick was not even from a dangerous position. It was really far from the goal.
“The players know the positions they need to be in but we missed the challenge in the air.
“A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again. It was an intuitive thing. Players in the box deserve a card more than Smalling in that situation.”
The Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez applauded his players and clearly stated that the match was not about his rivalry with Mourinho but winning the match was his priority.
Benitez said, “I am not thinking about beating Mourinho, we needed to win. The way everybody gave everything was fantastic.”
Manchester United are now 16 points behind league leaders, Machester City as the race for the title could come to an end when both teams clash in April.
However, Newcastle’s golden win against United takes them a point above relegation.