Newcastle boss Benitez hands stern warning to rivals

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez shouts encouragement during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park

Mourinho: Luke Shaw will 'be a United player for years'

"He has done that and he has always said, when there has been negative things in the papers, "I want to stay here, I want to fight back into the side".

"I like the feeling of going to Mr [Sir Bobby] Robson's home, I like the Geordies and the stadium but I have lost and drawn a few times there".

"I lost and I drew a few times [at Newcastle], I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game will not be hard". Slimani is excellent and will do very good things at Newcastle. They have a good team and I think they had a good transfer window, with Kenedy and (Islam) Slimani, two players I know very well, who can really improve the team.

And, although, the former Sporting CP player is yet to take to the field for Rafael Benitez's men, he is already looking forward to making his deal permanent.

Benitez has brought the best out of Atsu, who has been one of Newcastle United's stand-out players so far this season.

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Newcastle have won just twice in 28 Premier League meetings, most recently at home in 2012 (D7, L19).

Shaw is expected to be part of the squad when Manchester United travel to Newcastle United on Sunday.


Newcastle go into the game on the back of 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and Burnley.

A 2-0 victory over Huddersfield last week, in which new signing Alexis Sanchez was outstanding, helped United make minor inroads into Manchester City's colossal lead, although the gap was still 13 points going into this weekend's fixtures.

'But that's the history of football when you play against top sides. Their season's tally of 15 clean sheets is the most in the division. However, that defeat came in their last away game at Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho has never won a Premier League match at St James' Park (D3, L3).

Romelu Lukaku averages a goal or assist every 65 minutes against Newcastle in the Premier League, with six goals and four assists in 651 minutes.

"We know where we are in the league, so all the players are focused, working hard and concentrating on this game".

Slimani is confident his new side can turn the tide by extending Mourinho's six-game winless run in the league on Tyneside.

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