Newcastle stalwart explains how Benitez led Magpies to win over Man United

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Asked what it was like to play against Jose Mourinho's star-studded side, 24-year-old Perez added: "Really tough, to be honest".

The Magpies pulled two points clear of the relegation zone as Matt Ritchie's second-half strike secured a first home win since the middle of October. "At this time, it is a boost for everyone, and it keeps the team believing that we can win against any team".

Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle says that the club's win over Manchester United last weekend has "lifted the place".

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.

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

"They have an fantastic team with a lot of quality".

"Hopefully it will not be my biggest win with Newcastle, hopefully we will have bigger wins than this one", said Benitez.

"The way we were playing, with everybody giving everything, was absolutely fantastic".

The Red Devils slumped to their second Premier League defeat in three games to leave them only two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool FC as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

"It was a case of waiting because we have 15 days now before the next game so we can keep working with him". "That is it. We were very close in a lot of games, but we were unlucky".

Lascelles claims that the victory didn't come as a surprise as he believes Newcastle have played well in most games this season. "They were with through the whole game and we needed them".

"We did it most of the time, and at the end we got that goal and we defended as a team".

"First of all, Newcastle's players and staff gave everything they have, and what they don't have, and that is a handsome thing", said the Manchester United boss.

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