Jose Mourinho has spoken of his fondness for Newcastle despite having a poor record at St James’ Park.
The Manchester United boss goes to Tyneside on Sunday having failed to have win any of his previous six Premier League trips.
In two spells at Chelsea, Mourinho drew three and lost three matches at St James’ Park.
However, the Portuguese coach says he enjoys his visits to the home of the Magpies, especially given that it is there that his mentor, Sir Bobby Robson, managed his home town club.
When discussing his winless record, Mourinho said: “It’s true. I think it’s the only stadium in the Premier League. Also Huddersfield but only once.
“I think it’s difficult, honestly, I’ve always felt beautiful matches but difficult. I like to go there and like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home.
“I like the stadium, I think it’s really nice and the atmosphere. They are good and enthusiastic. I like the Geordies. I lost and drew a few times.
“I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game are not going to be different. They’re a good team, they have a very good transfer window with Kenedy and Islam Slimani – two players I know well and who can improve their team. Benitez knows how to get points.”