Jose Mourinho offers surprising backing to Newcastle boss Benitez

Jose Mourinho offers surprising backing to Newcastle boss Benitez

However, according to ESPN, Mata privately voiced his concerns when it became clear that Mourinho would be arriving at Man United, and it needed a conversation with the 55-year-old to put his worries to rest.

Despite the transfer window having just shut, the rumours never stop, and Gazzetta dello Sport are guilty of depicting Manchester United and Manchester City as being in a battle for an Italian winger.

Last season, Manchester United won the English League Cup, as well as Europe's second-tier Europa League competition, securing a slot in the cash-rich Champions League for the current season.

Manchester United bounced back from their 2-0 defeat at Tottenham with a comfortable triumph by the same scoreline over Huddersfield at Old Trafford last time out.

Shortly afterwards, the manager confirmed in his press conference that Daley Blind will also be absent again when United travel to St. James' Park to face Newcastle United on Sunday (kick-off 14:15 GMT). "Goals have been hard to come by and they don't have a prolific goalscorer".

The hosts are without Jesus Gamez, and the likes of Islam Slimani, Robert Elliot and Ciaran Clark are doubtful.

Jose Mourinho is still without Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini through injury.

United are favourites to win this game, and they are available at their best odds of 4/6 at Bet365.

Newcastle United are 16th in the league at this point in time - with 25 points on board, only a point away from 19th placed Huddersfield Town.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Man Utd. This outcome is available at 8/1 odds at BetVictor.

Juan Mata could drop to the bench as Alexis Sanchez is expected to keep his place after opening his account last weekend having tapped home from a rebound after his penalty was saved. The Chilean is available at slightly better odds of 7/4 at Bet365.

Indeed, each of the Red Devils' last three road trips have featured fewer than three goals and Newcastle following suit in all three fixtures against the Big Six, backing a repeat appeals at [1.80]. This outcome is available at even odds at BetVictor.