The win over Jose Mourinho's side was Newcastle's first at home in the league since a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in October and owed much to a string of saves from debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, on loan from Sparta Prague. "I don't analyse players in public", he said before declaring the midfielder, who looked to be limping, had no injury problems. "They gave everything they had and the gods of football were with them". "It wasn't going to happen for us today".
Newcastle made a strong start and were nearly ahead after five minutes when the ball broke to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box and his strike brought an excellent save from David De Gea.
Before the game, Jose Mourinho revealed how much he admired Newcastle's stadium and the atmosphere on Tyneside and the home crowd were almost on their feet inside five minutes. After Chris Smalling conceded a free-kick for diving near the halfway line, Shelvey sent a simple long ball into the box, Gayle cushioned a loose ball into Ritchie path and he swept home completely unmarked from 12 yards out. "Alexis [Sanchez] had an open goal and then the countless opportunities of the last 20-25 minutes".
Club legends such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney have had their say on the matter, feeling perhaps that the former Juventus man is being played out of position. He analyzed his recent arrival at the Red Devils in an interview for Sky Sports: "I think that Manchester United, since I was young - and I'm not just saying this because I'm here, I'm an honest guy and I never lie - I think it's the biggest club in England".
"He has been, for a few months, free of minor injuries that can stop [a player's] evolution and I'm really happy [with him]". In an earlier interview Mourinho said: "I wanted someone to do the simple things well".
"For whatever reason we weren't good enough".
"My verdict is that we could've been here for 10 hours and not scored a goal. The lads are devastated in the dressing room".