Man United boss Jose Mourinho wants award for 'best-behaved manager'

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That knock has prevented him from making his Newcastle debut so far but Benitez has not given up hope of his latest acquisition being ready in time for the visit of Jose Mourinho's side.

"With Luke it's not about changing my mind, it's just the evolution or no evolution of his potential", Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

"It's true I haven't won there in the League but I don't know why", he said. I think this country produced a lot of awesome "box to box" players, I had the pleasure to coach some of them but I think nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members, I think the concept of "box to box" is changing a little bit. Now, for a few months he is free of minor injuries and I'm really happy.

"The natural outcome of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years".

As well as UEFA Champions League games, income during the quarter was boosted by two extra Premier League games that were broadcast live.

"I feel most comfortable in the No 9 shirt so why not in the future here?" I like the Geordies, I like to go there. I like to go there, but I couldn't win, I lost and drew a few times.

"I hope tomorrow the result is different, but I know that the characteristics of the game are not going to be different".

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The club has reached the last 16 of that competition and is now second in the Premier League.

However, United have struggled to get the balance right in midfield this season, and summer signing Nemanja Matic has looked jaded after a bright start to his United career.

Put to the United boss that it is not easy to manage Newcastle, he said: "I believe but I am not the person to say why because what I know from the club is the incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club".

"There are so many awards - performance of the week, manager of the month and this and that - they should give one [to] the guy that behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official to vote".

"But if you ask me if I think Newcastle are going to be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way".

Manchester United were 4-1 winners against the Magpies back in November as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba made their respective comebacks from injury problems. They haven't won at home in the league since 21 October, have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 matches and sit 16th in the table - just a point above the bottom three - with 12 games remaining.

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