Jose Mourinho slammed Manchester United’s sorry strikers after his St James’ Park curse continued.
Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all fluffed good chances before Matt Ritchie’s Toon winner.
Mourinho, winless in seven Premier League Tyneside visits with Chelsea and United, said: “We could be here for ten hours and we wouldn’t score a goal — that’s the feeling.
“When you see the amount of chances we lost, starting in the first half when Anthony was facing the keeper.
“In the second half, we had Alexis with an open goal and then we had an accumulation of situations where it’s incredible that we didn’t score.”
Mourinho also laid into United’s defending after Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both failed to jump and stop Florian Lejeune heading on Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick in the lead up to Ritchie’s goal.
United’s defeat at St James’ Park means rivals Manchester City can now win the title against them — when they meet in the derby at the Etihad on April 7 — but only if both clubs are out of the FA Cup by then.
Mourinho added: “The free-kick was not even from a dangerous position. It was really far from the goal.
“The players know the positions they need to be in but we missed the challenge in the air.”
The free-kick came from a stupid dive by United defender Chris Smalling in his own half.
But Mourinho said: “A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again. It was an intuitive thing. Players in the box deserve a card more than Smalling in that situation.”