Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that his side were destined to lose 1-0 in Sunday’s English Premier League game against Newcastle United at St James Park.

Matt Ritchie scored the only goal in the 65th minute to condemn United to their fifth league defeat of the season while the win moved Newcastle to 13th in the English Premier League table.

Mourinho also praised the resolute defending of the Magpies during the clash.

“They fought like animals – I hope they take that as a compliment. The gods of football were on their side,” Mourinho said during post-match interview.

“It wasn’t going to happen for us today. Newcastle gave what they have and what they don’t have, that’s a beautiful thing in football.

“They fought for their point, a point is what they had in mind. We made a defensive mistake and when they were in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.

“My verdict is that we could’ve been here for 10 hours and not scored a goal. Newcastle played with their lives and defended with their lives.

“They got from us a defensive mistake and from a lateral free-kick they scored. The gods of football were clearly in their side. They must have an amazing feeling after giving absolutely everything.”

Mourinho also rued his side’s missed chances from the game and the foul Chris Smalling conceded that led to the goal.

“Score a goal. We had some [chances] with the score at 0-0. Alexis [Sanchez] had an open goal and then the countless opportunities of the last 20-25 minutes. The double [miss] of Martial is incredible in the last minute,” Mourinho added.

“A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again. It was an intuitive thing. Players [who do it] in the box deserve a card more than [Chris] Smalling in that situation. Clearly I know we lost the duel in the air and it’s difficult to accept that.”

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