Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has insisted his sides opponents tonight Manchester United need to be competing for the top four after making such a huge financial outlay on players in recent seasons.
Benitez side welcome a rejuvenated Manchester United to St.James Park this evening, with the Old Trafford outfit having won all three of their games since installing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker manager.
United currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table after a disastrous start to the season under previous boss Mourinho, although Magpies coach Benitez has insisted that a club of their stature simply has to be finishing the Champions League places.
“Do you think the players that they have after spending the money they did are bad players? They are good players on the pitch, they have performed in the last three games – it is a very good team.’’ Benitez told his pre-match press conference.
“It is a team that has to be in the top four, that is very clear. They can compete against anyone, Liverpool, Manchester City, anyone.
“We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything, the players they have, the names they have.
“They are so good, if you want to get points against them, if you want to win against them, you have to perform really, really well.”