Newcastle stalwart explains how Benitez led Magpies to win over Man United

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On Sunday Jose Mourinho endured yet more misery at St James' Park - as his old enemy Rafa Benitez hammered the final nail into Manchester United's title coffin. The players do not give up and they continue working hard. "They came here today to fight for a point, but they found themselves in a position of being 1-0 up and from that moment, they went over all the limits in terms of effort, sacrifice and everything a manager likes to see in his team". The way that we were playing, with everybody giving everything, was absolutely fantastic.

Rafa Benitez's side claimed their first home Premier League win in nearly four months on Sunday.

"That's one thing with the gaffer here, he'll always keep drilling us and never let us get ahead of ourselves". But I think the team deserved the three points.

The 26-year-old academy product has played 131 games for the club since his debut in 2013, scoring three goals.

Manager Rafael Benitez added: "If you talk about players that are important for the team, normally people talk about goalscorers, midfielders and number 10s but in modern football, there are not too many consistent left-sided full-backs". "That is it. We were very close in a lot of games, but we were unlucky".

"Man United have some world-class players, but it seemed like we just wanted it a lot more".

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"He makes good runs and he's got a bit of everything to his game which will help us".

Portuguese boss Mourinho has never won on Tyneside in the Premier League.

Newcastle looked sharp from the start and Chris Smalling somehow avoided giving away a penalty after up-ending Dwight Gayle - a let-off the visitors looked set to use as the platform to build on.

With 11 games to play, Newcastle are 12 points from the traditional 40-point safety mark.

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 84), Perez (Hayden 90), Gayle (Joselu 80). Subs not used: Lindelof, Rojo, Romero, Shaw.

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