In the wake of Newcastle playing host to Manchester United this weekend, Jose Mourinho has insisted Newcastle can avoid relegation this season, as reported by the Chronicle.

This comes after Mourinho was asked whether he thinks Newcastle have enough to ensure they don’t go down, while he prepares his side for the clash at St. James Park.

Although they could find themselves in the relegation zone prior to kick-off if results don’t go their way, Mourinho said:

They are a big club, I believe, I believe. I am not the person to say why because what I know from the club is an incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club.

The Manchester United manager believes with Rafa Benitez at the helm, Newcastle are in safe hands.

Normally, good players. Normally, good managers. I can remember many of them, some of the best ones in the country, Benitez another example. So it’s difficult to understand. I think they know how to get the points to stay in the Premier League.

While it won’t be easy for the Magpies to survive, they’ll have their work cut out from their remaining games to ensure they remain in the top flight.

Benitez endured a difficult January after struggling to secure key transfer targets.

The former Real Madrid boss has been limited to using loan deals to reinforce his squad.

Newcastle currently sit 16th on 25 points only one point in front of Swansea, Stoke and Huddersfield who sit 17th, 18th and 19th respectively.