Jamie Carragher backs Newcastle United to avoid relegation

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United congratulates Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James...

Newcastle United are currently in 13th place in the Premier League table.

Jamie Carragher of England looks on during the International U17 Friendly match between England U17 and Germany U17 at the New York Stadium on November 20, 2015 in Rotherham, England.

Jamie Carragher has told Monday Night Football, which was broadcast on Sky Sports, that he doesn’t believe Newcastle United will be relegated this season.

Carragher has come in for flak from Newcastle fans, who were not happy about his critical comments of their tactics earlier in the season.

But the former Liverpool man had more positives words about the Magpies’ survival chances last night.

Newcastle beat Manchester United 1-0 at St. James’ Park on Sunday, in one of the shock results of the season.

And Carragher said: “That [win over United] is why I don’t think they’ll go down, because of the manager. He has an ability to get a result when you’re not expecting it.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez gestures during the final minutes of the game during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on...

“They will get wins that other teams maybe not, because of the belief the players and the crowd have in the manager, and also the belief he has in himself.”

Newcastle’s victory over United has put them up to 13th place in the Premier League table, with the relegation battle hotting up.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United congratulates Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James...

At least 10 teams are in the relegation scrap, with the whole of the bottom half vulnerable.

Newcastle are still only two points clear of the drop, and are far from clear of danger, as things stand.

Benitez’s side are next in action in two weekends’ time, when they take on fellow strugglers Bournemouth at Dean Court.

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