Man Utd's midfielder Juan Mata/ manutd.comManchester United's players have been very quiet on social media since yesterday's defeat at Newcastle.
Victory over Manchester United on Sunday lifted the gloom that had threatened to envelop St James' Park after the Magpies dropped into the relegation zone prior to kick-off and new striker Islam Slimani was left out of the squad completely.
United failed to match the intensity of the home side throughout the 90 minutes especially in defence, with the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones failing to cover themselves in glory throughout.
"I saw that in my team after the 1-0, I saw the desire to play and try to go to the last second, which we did, but I can imagine Benitez will be more than pleased with the effort of his players". "We have played against Arsenal and Man City and you can really see the quality and one mistake or a lack of concentration and a goal will go in." . They were looking to play against United and not just sit back.
"We have had a lot of games where the team was well organised and defending well, and today it was just a question of passion and commitment from everyone".
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"This is the first win since October against Palace, so that means a lot".
"The last four or five minutes, you could hear the crowd really drilling us on - you couldn't even talk to someone on the pitch because the fans were so loud", he added. "The manager got it spot on".
While Manchester United had some good chances in the game near the end, they were below par for so long that it did not feel as though the team deserved to take anything from the game.
"The truth is, after losing an away game", he said. "He is a player you can trust".
Internationally, he has been capped nine times for his country with one of those appearances coming against England in a World Cup qualifying match back in September - a game which was won 2-1 by the Three Lions.