Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says there is “no way” Sunday’s opponents Newcastle will be relegated this season.
Mourinho is expecting a tricky afternoon at St James’ Park – where he has yet to triumph – when the sides meet live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Newcastle vs Man Utd
February 11, 2018, 1:30pm
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“I think it is the only stadium,” said Mourinho. “Also Huddersfield, but I played there only once.
“I think it is difficult [at Newcastle], honestly. I always felt beautiful matches but difficult matches.
“I like to go there, I like the feeling of going to Mr [the late Sir Bobby] Robson’s home, I like the stadium, I like the atmosphere.
“They are a good, enthusiastic crowd, I like the Geordies.
“But … I couldn’t win.
“I lost and I drew a few times. I hope the result is different [on Sunday] but I know the characteristics of the game will not be different.”
Ahead of the weekend’s matches, United are second in the table while Newcastle are down in 16th, just a point clear of the drop zone.
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But Mourinho added: “They have a good team and I think they had a good transfer window, getting Kenedy and [Islam] Slimani, two players I know very well, who can really improve the team.
“[Manager Rafael] Benitez knows how to get points, so I think it is going to be difficult
“If you ask me if I think Newcastle will be in the Championship next season, I say ‘no way’.
“I think they know how to get the points to stay in the division.”