Man Utd attacker Mata: We should be 'raging' after Newcastle loss

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 15, 2018

At the minute, we're in a good position, and we could be in a better one.

But according to Newcastle midfielder Shelvey, man of the match in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Reds, that doesn't change the natural pecking order.

The victory pushes Newcastle up to 13-place in the Premier League but Benitez's side are still in the thick of it as they sit just two points away from the last relegation place which is occupied by Southampton.

The defeat has all but ended a title race that seemed uncatchable in the first place leaving United 16 points behind rivals Manchester City, but the next few weeks will be crucial for United if they are to take anything from the campaign.

"Every game now is massive and every point that we win will make the difference", said Perez. "I tried to focus on the game and just think about helping the team in critical situations".

"I've always wanted to stay here and the manager and the club have wanted to keep me, so I'm really pleased to have signed the new contract and hopefully there are many more years to come".

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

Jose Mourinho's men created a litany of chances, with Anthony Martial missing a one-on-one with Martin Dubravka and Alexis Sanchez failing to take advantage of an open goal, before they were made to pay for their sloppiness by Matt Ritchie's 65th minute goal. The way that we were playing, with everybody giving everything, was absolutely fantastic. And to do it in front of our fans was even better.

"We have been so close in so many games, and it was a pity not to win those. It's now a question of waiting because we have a decent gap before the next game so we can keep working with him".

"We knew that they (Huddersfield) had won, but at the same time, we know we have to try to win games", he said.

"He can buy the lottery and win today".

United have five home games left.

"We've had good moments, bad moments, like every team".

"I just look at Newcastle and kind of go, 'am I convinced Slimani will get loads of goals for Newcastle?' No I'm not convinced at all". "After the 1-0, the Newcastle players fought for their lives, and that is a handsome thing in football".

"Were they lucky? Yes, they were".

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