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Newcastle boss Benitez hands stern warning to rivals

Newcastle boss Benitez hands stern warning to rivals

As a result of his good form, Mourinho has revealed that Shaw will be offered a new deal at Old Trafford.

"With Luke it's not about changing my mind, it's just the evolution or no evolution of his potential", Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

Manchester United are expected to be welcomed by another capacity crowd on Sunday and Ritchie admits he loved playing in front of the Newcastle fans during his playing days due to their passion. Now, for a few months he is free of minor injuries and I'm really happy.

A rising wage bill for players has cut into the latest quarterly profits from Manchester United.

However, as he awaits Manchester United boss Mourinho's arrival at St James' Park on Sunday, Benitez insists all the talk off the pitch is largely irrelevant.

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"I am fully committed to win the award this season of the best-behaved manager on the touchline, " Mourinho said. I think they know how to get the points to stay in the division'. I like the Geordies, I like to go there.

Mourinho said: "They're a good team, they have a very good transfer window with Kenedy and [Islam] Slimani - two players I know well and who can improve their team.

Rafa Benitez is one of the best managers at setting teams up not to lose games, and with players like Jamaal Lascelles at set-plays, you never know".

Newcastle are winless in the Premier League at home for eight consecutive games and could equal an unwanted club record if they fail to beat Manchester United on Sunday. What I know of the club, it has an incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club. You can do a really good job, but still you can lose games 1-0, 2-0 because of the quality of the players that they have. Benitez, another example. It is hard to understand [Newcastle's problems].

"Are you asking me if I prefer three or four teams involved in the battle for the drop?"