Reverse fixture recap 11/18/17: Man. United 4, Newcastle United 1

Benitez's Newcastle are currently 16th in the Premier League

He's played in 21 Premier League matches this season, still receiving minutes despite the arrival of Nemanja Matic in the summer and the impressive form of Jesse Lingard.

When Newcastle had faced Manchester United at Old Trafford a month earlier, the reverse had been the case.

Rafa Benitez will make a late decision on whether to hand Islam Slimani his Newcastle United debut against Manchester United on Sunday [11 February].

In a few days we may actually get the opportunity to test him as Newcastle United takes on Manchester United in what will likely be throttling of our squad.

Newcastle are the only Premier League side that Alexis Sanchez has faced more than twice without scoring against (four games).

They are a big club. Benitez knows how to get points.

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

"We were in the game the last time against Man City, each game has its own tactics".

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The "Mata in trouble" line was a reference to Mourinho's decision to sell the midfielder, twice Chelsea's player of the year, to United and Moyes.

The curiosity is that Mourinho has never won a Premier League match at St James' Park in six attempts (he was victorious in a League cup quarter-final back at the stadium in 2006).

The lad's just 24 and Jose certainly seems to like him and as we know, once the gaffer places faith on someone, he hardly ever lets them face any blows outside the dressing room.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow made a number of stops last weekend but then looked a nervous wreck for a period in the second half when Newcastle were up against it. Martin Dubravka, signed on loan from Sparta Prague, is pressing for a start.

"Paul had a very professional behaviour", Mourinho said.

"You know, sometimes in life and football as well, changes comes".

Man United fans should hope so too, as the team is heading in great direction regarding Champions League qualification.

Jose Mourinho has faced his counterpart Rafael Benitez 17 times before and has the upper hand with eight wins and five draws. After claiming a victory that brought an end to a nine-game run which only produced a solitary point, Newcastle United now have the chance to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-September.

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