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Man Utd Midfielder Juan Mata Says Newcastle's Win 'Hurts'

Man Utd Midfielder Juan Mata Says Newcastle's Win 'Hurts'

"I am pleased for the players and the fans".

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.

"It was a huge win, but it wasn't a shock for us" said the 24-year-old to the Northern Echo, "Most games we have played this season, we have been really good".

"To me, growing up, Man United were the biggest team in the world and they probably still are", he said. Today, we did well, although still we were a little bit lucky at the end. He alluded to missed chances and to replaying the game in his head in the hope that things would turn out different second time round.

Slimani will be under pressure to emulate the impressive immediate impact made by fellow January arrivals Kenedy, the Chelsea loan midfielder and Slovakian global keeper Martin Dubravka, who produced a man-of-the-match debut display against Jose Mourinho's side to help secure a first home win in the league since October.

"We keep going. Still, nothing is done, but it's three more points which, at this moment, make a great difference".

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Huddersfield's lunch-time win over Bournemouth had plunged Newcastle into the bottom three, but while Benitez and his squad had been aware of the result at the John Smith's Stadium, it had not influenced their pre-match preparations.

"In this case, we were pushing from the very beginning and challenging for every single ball".

"I just look at Newcastle and kind of go, 'am I convinced Slimani will get loads of goals for Newcastle?' No I'm not convinced at all".

With 11 games to play, Newcastle are 12 points from the traditional 40-point safety mark.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has stated that Islam Slimani is yet to overcome the injury he picked up at Leicester City.

"For us to beat them with the team they have got is a massive achievement for the lads and this club".