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Rafael Benitez believes Manchester United will close the gap in the top four of the Premier League

Rafael Benitez believes Manchester United will close the gap in the top four of the Premier League

Rafael Benitez says that a top-four finish should be the minimum goal for a Manchester United's size club.

Manchester United travels Wednesday to St James & # 39; Park to face Benitez & # 39; s Newcastle Sky Sports Premier League, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wins four times in a row since replacing Jose Mourinho as manager.

They are sixth in the rankings, eight points behind Chelsea in fourth place, but Benitez expects United to close this gap in the coming months.

"It is a team that should easily be in the top four, that is very clear," said the Newcastle chief.

If you are a top player like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and win the title.

Rafael Benitez

"They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, everyone, we're talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in everything.

"The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them, you really have to perform well."

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Newcastle was held a 1-1 draw from Watford in their last Premier League game

Newcastle was held a 1-1 draw from Watford in their last Premier League game

Asked if he felt that United was now under more pressure because of the winning start of Solskjaer, Benitez replied: "If you are a top player like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you must win the title. to win .

"For them that's the pressure, not only now, they've had it before, and they'll certainly feel the pressure in a few weeks when they'll fight with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal."

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While United has won three games in a row, Newcastle has only once won the victory in their last seven games, keeping them close to the relegation zone.

Benitez hopes for a repeat of last season's 1-0 victory over Manchester United, which kickstart Newcastle's successful fight for the survival of the Premier League.

"If we work as hard as we have done against Watford, we can compete against everyone, but you need a bit of luck," said the Spaniard.

"Opposite the top you need more luck, the topsides punish you if you make mistakes.

"If we want to win from Manchester United, we have to perform like Saturday in a team.

"You have to be better in the ball and more precise in the last third."

Newcastle lost seven of its 10 Premier League matches this season in St James & # 39; Park

Newcastle lost seven of its 10 Premier League matches this season in St James & # 39; Park

Benitez said earlier this month that it would be "a miracle" if Newcastle could prevent relegation this season, regardless of what kind of business they do in January.

But he denied that these comments influenced the relationship with his players.

"[They have reacted] really good, you could see that against Watford, "he said.

"The relationship between the players and myself is fairly open, frankly, I told them that if we want to stay, we have to work so hard, we have to have a game plan, work on ideas and give them some tips on where to learn and improve, they are happy with that.

"Everyone has to realize – players, fans, staff – that it is so difficult for us." We compete with the best team in the world that spends huge amounts of money.

"If we think we are better than us, it is a mistake, but at the same time we have faith and confidence in ourselves to compete."

Kenedy did not play against Watford

Kenedy did not play against Watford

Benitez also planned to end Kenedy's loan despite having dropped him for Saturday's draw in Watford.

"What I want to see is the Kenedy we signed [last January] and did well for us in the second part of the competition, "he said.

"Hopefully he can do the same again."

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