It leaves United closer to the relegation zone than Premier League leaders and looking to avoid going five successive matches without a win for just the second time this century.
As such, there is every chance Newcastle could finish the gameweek rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
"Today is not the day to complain about the players", said Benitez. We think the fans deserve better.
The move amounts to a back-me-or-sack-me plea, amid reports that he will be dismissed as manager after the game regardless of the result.
"And the players have to take their share of the blame because they can put the effort in like they did in the second half against Newcastle".
The Champions League outing represented an improved performance for the Red Devils and given his XIs have been changing with the wind over this recent hard patch, Mourinho would be wise to stick with the same line-up, minus Antonio Valencia - who often left United exposed down the right against Los Che - for the promising Diogo Dalot.
Asked if United would be right to sack Mourinho, Sky Sports pundit Neville replied: "No".
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He said Amazon needs to communicate to workers better if overall compensation is higher "or you're going to have morale problems". Workers in different parts of the world went on strike during the company's Prime Day promotion over the summer.
The United job would likely be a much bigger challenge than the one he inherited at Madrid given the players at his disposal, but Zidane's accolades in his short managerial career thus far certainly can't be argued with.
Shearer believes that United's most marked decline has been in defence.
Mourinho refused to name names when pushed on who else was at fault for United's form but did say: "The same people that were to blame with the fantastic season of last season".
Jose Mourinho: No, I was advised by the structure of the club that from the hotel to the training ground it would be probably a minimum of 75 minutes.
United need a manager who will bring attractive football to the club, so who better than one of the true innovators of the style?
He adds: "I'm furious at thinking this has broken out".
"When you think who they are, what they are, what brand they are, they have been on the front pages, the back pages and it has not been good". I said last season was a fantastic season for us.