The Frenchman, rejuvenated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, suffered a nasty challenge from Jonjo Shelvey during the latter stages of Man United's 2-0 win over Newcastle United. "When you have players, like we have, with pace - Paul [Pogba], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Romelu [Lukaku], [Marcus] Rashford - that's how we played with Andy [Cole] and Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] with Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] and Becks [David Beckham] down the sides".
"I respect him and I would like to play against his team, but this is life, there has been a change and they are doing very well".
"These players, and it's my opinion, even if nobody is on the bench, they can win without one [a manager]", Jose Gomez said (as reported by Goal).
After facing Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday, he will face his stiffest test so far on January 13 when United visit Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. "I just want to keep improving on that", Rashford said.
He added: "I am sure they have targets".
That gap may be too big to close, but Benitez, who will send his side into battle with Solskjaer's men at St James' Park on Wednesday evening, is confident they can still cause problems for the main title contenders.
"We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance".
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The result left the club just two points above the Premier League's relegation zone ahead of next weekend's game away to Chelsea.
While it is understood the club retain the view that January is a hard month strengthen, of Pogba Solskjaer said: "I'm not sure if Paul's going to be ready - he got a knock against Newcastle".
After such a positive start to his time at the helm at Old Trafford, many have started to wonder whether Solskjaer could be in line to take on the manager's job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
"So, it's up to you [the media] to probably rate me if I'm up to the level, but I'm definitely enjoying my time back home".
"The style we're playing, it reminds us of Sir Alex's team". I respect him and, for Portuguese coaches, it's important everything he achieved, but Manchester United decided differently.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side score 12 times in his three games in charge (Martin Rickett/PA). I thought I could go into Cardiff but different clubs have different cultures, different playing styles and philosophies.
Ferguson is said to have been a massive fan of general knowledge quizzes and would regularly pit his wits up against his players to try and boost team morale.