"I remember clearly without TV a Newcastle player jumping and two of my players looking at him and staying on the floor so the guy won the ball in the end and the second ball was in the face of David [De Gea]".
"Newcastle United's players and, of course, their staff gave what they have and what they don't have and I think that's a handsome thing in football", said Mourinho, who has never presided over a Premier League -victory in seven attempts at St James' Park and saw his side undone by Matt Ritchie's -second half victor.
The Manchester United defender's yellow card was followed by further punishment as Shelvey's free-kick was headed down by Florian Lejeune before Dwight Gayle touched it into the path of Ritchie.
"I feel that English football has some cultural heritage, tradition, and there are some qualities I really like in the game", Mourinho added.
"I am fully committed to win the award this season of the best-behaved manager on the touchline", Mourinho told reporters on Saturday ahead of Sunday's clash with Newcastle. "They fought like animals", he said.
"In that moment, they went to the limits of their effort and sacrifice and everything a manager likes to see in their team".
"Obviously I'm very disappointed with the defending on the goal; we missed the challenge in the air". Manchester United, meanwhile, remain in second place but looked poor defensively and could not match their opponents' desire and commitment, which will surely concern Mourinho.
"I imagine that Rafa Benitez is more than pleased with the efforts of his players".
"Were they lucky? Yes they were, but sometimes you attract that luck with your state of mind and after the 1-0 they fought for their lives and that is a attractive thing in football". You've got 10 minutes to name as many of them as you possibly can.
"He did well for his first game".
Dubravka also made a vital stop in the opening 45 minutes after United hit Newcastle on the break when Nemanja Matic sent Martial clean through on goal. These players don't give up.