Newcastle United secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Manchester City and hero Matt Ritchie believes the club are on the up.
Liverpool playing their next two matches after Manchester City will not impact the Premier League title race, according to Pep Guardiola.
After Newcastle romped to victory over Cardiff and moved out of the bottom three, Rafael Benitez was looking up Premier League table.
Having not scored since 2017, Fabian Schar netted twice as Newcastle comfortably saw off Cardiff at St James' Park.
Manchester United claimed their fourth consecutive win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the caretaker boss questioned a 'sluggish' first half.
Second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer match a Manchester United record set by Matt Busby.
Newcastle missed the chance to go six points clear of the relegation zone against Watford, with Rafael Benitez in no mood for transfer talk.
Mohamed Salah can play against Arsenal and Manchester City as he will face no action over the penalty he won against Newcastle United.
A clash with Bayern Munich is on the horizon for Liverpool, but manager Jurgen Klopp is not ready to think about the Reds' last-16 tie.
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez saw his Newcastle side destroyed by Liverpool, who he backed for the Premier League title.