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Benitez: Newcastle ‘deserved more’ from 2-0 defeat to Manchester United

Rafael Benitez left St James’ Park a disappointed man, believing his Newcastle side ‘deserved more’ from this evenings game against Manchester United.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford were enough to seal all three points for the Red Devils, who have now won all four games under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, they surrendered a number of chances to Newcastle, with Christian Atsu guilty of missing a number of big ones in the first half in particular, leaving manager Rafael Benitez to believe his side deserved more.

“We made a mistake for the first goal and then conceded on the counter-attack which happens when you play good players. They punish you,” Benitez told Sky Sports.

“We had chances in the first half, you lose 2-0 but we deserved more. If you analyse how we concede it’s not clear chances. It’s mistakes.

“The final third is the key and that’s where you pay big money for players who can make the difference.”

Newcastle managed 14 shots in the game, although only three were on target, and Benitez added what while he thought his side deserved more, they must improve their decision making in their attacking moments.

“We did OK against a team with very good players, for 85 minutes we were in the game and deserve more,” he continued.

“The team is working hard in every game, we push really hard but it’s the final decision. We did enough to get something in this game.”

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