The arduous task of closing the gap on Manchester City on the Premier League log has been made more difficult for Jose Mourinho and his team.

The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 in Sunday’s Premier League clash as Rafeal Benitez team finally secured their first league victory in the North-East since October 21.

For Mourinho, the miserable run at Tyneside continues as he has now gone seven games without a win.

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On six previous league visits to St James' Park across two spells as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho never tasted success away to Newcastle United.

A second-half goal from Matt Ritchie was enough for Newcastle United to secured the 1-0 win in Sunday's Premier League clash and get all the points on offer.

The Magpies had dropped into the relegation zone courtesy of Huddersfield Town's 4-1 victory over Bournemouth, but Ritchie's well-taken effort gave Rafael Benitez's side some breathing space for now.

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