Benitez keeping Newcastle chins up

07 October 2018 07:14:19 EST

Rafael Benitez admits the Newcastle dressing room was dejected after their loss to Manchester United but is refusing to let them get too downhearted on their survival chances.

The Toon were on course for their first win of the season when they took a two goal lead at Old Trafford, Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto putting the visitors ahead after 10 minutes.

However, a remarkable second-half fightback from United saw them snatch all three points, Alexis Sanchez's stoppage-time header settling matters.

Newcastle remain second from bottom as a result of the 3-2 loss on two points and they are now 9/4 to be relegated back to the Championship this season.

Despite their current predicament, Benitez is refusing to panic and says this squad proved last term that they have what it takes to stay in the top-flight.

“Everybody was disappointed in the dressing room, but I told them we cannot complain about we did," said Benitez.

“Last year, we were in the bottom five teams in the table in December, and still we finished tenth.

This year, hopefully it will be the same.

“I said before the game they (Man United) are a good team, and they will be competing at the top of the table so it is a pity not to win.”

Newcastle will have the international break to reflect on their disappointing defeat to Manchester United, their sixth loss in the last seven outings in all competitions.

The north-east outfit will hope they can collect their first win of the season when they face Brighton at home on 20th October when the Premier League.

The Magpies are 6/5 for the win, with the draw 9/4 and the Seagulls 14/5.

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