Magpies boss Rafa Benitez spoke to reporters in the aftermath of his side's 4-1 defeat against Manchester United yesterday, and shared what Jose Mourinho's players told him after the match, as quoted by the club's official website.
Newcastle lost 4-1 at Old Trafford, but the scoreline certainly flattered the hosts, with Benitez's side proving to be more than a match for Mourinho's men for long periods of the game.
The Toon have still made a respectable start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign, despite yesterday's defeat, and currently sit in 11th position after a return of 14 points from their opening 12 league games.
Second placed United undoubtedly knew that they were in a game yesterday, and Benitez shared with the reporters what some of the Red Devils players told him in the aftermath of the match yesterday, as quoted by NUFC.co.uk:
"I'm disappointed because the chance of Hayden would have been another big boost for us. I was talking with players of the other team, and they knew that it was a tough game."
Next up for Rafa's troops is a home game against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, and the Toon Army will be fully expecting their side to take all three points at St James' Park.
If the Spaniard's side demonstrate the commitment that was on display during the first two thirds of the game at Old Trafford yesterday, they have more than a good chance of doing just that.