Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday was "beautiful", according to Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
The result at St James' Park means makes it two away defeats on the bounce for Mourinho’s Reds and also extends the Portuguese’s miserable run at Newcastle to seven league games without a win.
However, following the match against Rafa Bentitez’s side, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "They fought like animals and I mean that as a compliment. They gave everything they had and the gods of football were with them.
"It wasn't going to happen for us but also they gave what they have and what they don't have and that's a beautiful thing in football. They must have the best feeling of all, sometimes a better feeling than when you play fantastically well and are better than the opponent.
"I think a point was what they had in mind. We made a defensive mistake with the free-kick [in the build-up to the goal] and, when they were in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet. It was not just up to them but also the gods of football, but it was a beautiful way to win the match."
The result means Manchester City are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and need six more wins in their remaining 11 games to secure the 2017-18 title.