Rafa Benitez says his focus is on Newcastle not Jose Mourinho
Last Updated: 17/11/17 4:10pm
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says his focus is on the match not the manager as he prepares to renew rivalries with Manchester United's Jose Mourinho.
The two managers developed an increasingly bitter enmity during some tussles when they were in charge at Liverpool and Chelsea a decade ago, but Benitez says he has moved on from those battles.
Newcastle travel to Manchester United looking for a morale-boosting result against a side he says have "spent a lot of money, as always".
He said: "We are playing against Manchester United. It is not important who the managers are. He (Mourinho) is a good manager who has won a lot. I'm more concerned about Lukaku, Mata and Rashford.
"[They] are a massive club who, as always, have spent a lot of money and are doing well. They have to compete for everything. As always we will try to do our best to get three points if we can, but we know it will be difficult."
Paul Dummett, Christian Atsu, Jamaal Lascelles and Mikel Merino will play no part in the game and Benitez acknowledges the size of the task at hand.
Benitez would like to see improvement in front of goal from his team, who have won just one of their last six games, but admits that survival is the name of the game this season.
He said: "You are not happy when you lose games especially the way we lost the last one (0-1 v Bournemouth). We're doing what we have to do but we need to be more precise in front of goal.
"It is still a learning process for our young squad. The target is to stay up, get 40 points, then try to go as high as possible after that."
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