In fairness to Mourinho, his post-match comments were full of class and respect in the main, stating how we ‘fought like animals’ and won the game in a ‘beautiful way’, however Shearer clearly disagrees with his comments regarding our luck in the game.
Here’s what he said in his column for the BBC today, responding strongly to Mourinho’s assessment of the game:
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 12, 2018
“Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was totally wrong when he said Newcastle played for a draw and relied on luck to beat his side on Sunday.
“The only thing Mourinho was right about in his post-match interview was that the Magpies players worked incredibly hard for their victory.
“Rafa Benitez’s side thoroughly deserved their win because they defended better than Manchester United, they dominated midfield and they did what United could not do, which was score.
“Yes, United created some chances and Newcastle’s new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had an incredible game on his debut.
“But Mourinho relies on his goalkeeper David de Gea to get them a point sometimes – like at Anfield earlier this season, for example.
“Mourinho would not tell you there was anything fluky about that result, and the same goes for the way the Magpies earned their win. They were everything but lucky, in fact.
“From start to finish, it was a brilliant all-round team performance from Newcastle, and it would be unfair to just pick out one performance because there were so many that stood out.
“In contrast, Manchester United showed why they are so far behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, as they struggled all over the pitch.”
Spot on from Shearer, who refuses to accept that we were fortunate to win in a game where our effort and organisation meant we created our own luck.
A brilliant win and one that was fully deserved.