"Then obviously the second goal gave them a lift, and then it was more hard in the second half", Benitez told BT Sport.
While the Roy Keane take will be that they should not be celebrating a win over Newcastle in such a fashion, it's clear to see that most of this Manchester United team are good friends off the pitch.
In a further injection of positivity after a mediocre run, Mourinho went with an attacking line up, with exciting youngsters Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the same starting XI for a league game for the first time all season and only the sixth time under the Portuguese.
A potential shock looked to be on the cards when Toon striker Dwight Gayle fired home in the 14th minute, but the response of Jose Mourinho's side was emphatic.
"Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League".
"We knew that was a massive difference between both teams. So with him we had much more creation, we had a second way out from the first and I'm so happy".
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The Red Devils made a brilliant start to the 2017-18 season following six victories and one stalemate in their opening seven games. Manchester United are still within eight points of the runaway leaders and the lead up to Christmas will have a significant say in who wins the Premier League this season.
"Very experienced, very intelligent, the team was very well organised, they start very well, creating us problems, we couldn't play sometimes in our defensive areas but the goal was like a wake-up call and the team reacted very, very well and very strong".
That belief shows the level of optimism back at Old Trafford.
The former Sweden worldwide hasn't featured for the Europa League winners this season since signing a new deal with Manchester United. Teammates respect him as a player, but they also appreciate the light-heartedness and humour that he brings to the dressing room at a club which does not always appear at ease with itself.
Manchester United only managed to earn four points from their last four games in the absence of Ibrahimovic and Pogba.