Benitez denies Newcastle crisis meeting ahead of Manchester United clash

Rafael Benitez has denied that he and his Newcastle side have held a crisis meeting in a bid to arrest their miserable start to the season.

After seven games of the season, Newcastle have chalked up just two league points, although in fairness to them they have faced four of last season’s top six last season in the form of Spurs, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Things don’t get any easier for the Magpies, who face another member of last year’s top six on Saturday evening, travelling to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, although with Jose Mourinho’s side also being in wretched form, meaning it may turn out to be a good time to play them.

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There have been reports that the Newcastle players held a crisis meeting earlier this week to try to kick-start their Premier League campaign, but Benitez has denied that to be the case, insisting it’s business as usual:

“We didn’t have any special meeting. It is a normal thing we are training well,” Benitez said in his pre-match press conference.

“We are a team that talks all the time and that is in groups and between players.

“We have meetings every week and watch clips with players.

“We did it at Chelsea and Napoli and Liverpool when we won things. It is normal.”

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