Manchester United could have played for 10 hours at Newcastle and not scored, said manager Jose Mourinho after his side’s 1-0 loss at St James’ Park.
Matt Ritchie’s 65th-minute goal consigned the Red Devils to their fifth league defeat of the season. Mourinho’s side, who had 13 shots – six on target, now trail league leaders Manchester City by 16 points.
“The gods of football were clearly in their side,” said the Portuguese. “It wasn’t going to happen for us today.”
Ritchie scored the only goal of the game when he collected a Dwight Gayle flick to shoot past David de Gea after Florian Lejeune had knocked down Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick.
Defeat extended Mourinho’s winless run in the Premier League at St James’ Park to seven matches. The former Chelsea boss said Newcastle had “played like animals” to win at home in the league for the first time since October.