Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring the only goal against Manchester United at St. James' Park on Sunday. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA via AP
Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring the only goal against Manchester United at St. James' Park on Sunday. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA via AP
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia, left, and Newcastle United's Christian Atsu contest possession on Sunday. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA via AP
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia, left, and Newcastle United's Christian Atsu contest possession on Sunday. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA via AP
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho lost three and drew three at St. James's Park across two stints in charge of Chelsea. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA via AP
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho lost three and drew three at St. James's Park across two stints in charge of Chelsea. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA via AP

NEWCASTLE – Jose Mourinho tripped up again at St. James’ Park as his Manchester United team were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday for a second loss in their last three Premier League games.

Matt Ritchie’s 65th-minute goal – following a free kick awarded for a dive by United defender Chris Smalling – gave Newcastle a victory that lifted them out of the relegation zone.

It is now seven Premier League matches without a win at Newcastle’s ground for Mourinho, who lost three and drew three there across two stints in charge of Chelsea.

More importantly for the Portuguese coach, second-placed United wasted a chance to pull clear of their rivals for Champions League qualification, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea still in range.

Manchester City, who beat Leicester 5-1 on Saturday, hold a 16-point lead with 11 games left.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had a Premier League debut to remember, saving brilliantly in the first half from Anthony Martial, in the final seconds from Michael Carrick, and looking assured as United piled on the pressure in the second half.

Alexis Sanchez delayed in front of an open goal and had a shot blocked, while Martial also had two efforts blocked near the goal-line by Dwight Gayle.

AP