Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on Steve Bruce's start to life at Newcastle United

Former manager Rafa Benitez has given his take on Steve Bruce’s start to life at Newcastle United.

Saturday, 16th November 2019, 5:00 pm
Rafael Benitez (L) manager of  Liverpool and Steve Bruce manager of  Birmingham City are pictured during the Premier league football match at Anfield in Liverpool, 22 September 2007. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES  Mobile and website use of domestic English football pictures are subject to obtaining a Photographic End User Licence from Football DataCo Ltd Tel : +44 (0) 207 864 9121 or e-mail accreditations@football-dataco.com - applies to Premier and Football League matches. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)
Rafael Benitez (L) manager of Liverpool and Steve Bruce manager of Birmingham City are pictured during the Premier league football match at Anfield in Liverpool, 22 September 2007. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES Mobile and website use of domestic English football pictures are subject to obtaining a Photographic End User Licence from Football DataCo Ltd Tel : +44 (0) 207 864 9121 or e-mail [email protected] - applies to Premier and Football League matches. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)

The Spaniard left United in the summer for Dalian Yifang and was replaced by Bruce, who was managing in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday.

While it has taken Bruce and his team time to settle in the Premier League, the last two performances have started to win over fans with goals and chances proving plentiful.

And Benitez admits he is keeping a close eye on United from China, as he is with his other clubs and the rest of the Premier League.

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"I think when you talk about my Newcastle or my Liverpool, you cannot compare them with these teams now," Benitez told the BBC.

"It is totally different, the time is different, the league is different, but both are doing well.

"Newcastle United, I will say after we were promoted and had two years in the Premier League, I think that they are doing well.

"We finished, some people don't remember, but we finished really well when we signed Miguel Almiron. We finished seventh in the second half of the league if you just use the second part of the league.

"Now, it is a new team, a new manager and they have spent some money. I think he [Steve Bruce] is doing well.

"People try to compare every year and it is totally different. I am happy because both teams are doing well but I follow all the Premier League, and then it is not just these two teams.”