- Newcastle United have lost their last two matches in the Premier League
- They travel to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon to take on Manchester United
- Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey says to play at grounds like that is every kid’s dream
Jonjo Shelvey is relishing Newcastle’s trip to Old Trafford this weekend for a match they must get something from if they are to avoid a third consecutive Premier League defeat.
A drop in form always leads to whispers about the potential threat of relegation, even though a decent start for Newcastle means they are comfortably in mid-table.
And while they will face a stiff test at Manchester United, Shelvey told the Magpies’ official website: ‘As a footballer to go to grounds like that – and I include St James’ Park in that – to play against the best players in the world, it’s every kid’s dream.’
Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey says playing at stadiums like Old Trafford is every kid’s dream
The midfielder travels with his side to take on Manchester United on Saturday afternoon
The 25-year-old said he had faith in manager Rafa Benitez’s ability to set the side up to be competitive against Jose Mourinho’s team, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in their last league game before the international break.
‘Rafa knows this league, he knows how to set teams up and how to get results and I’m sure that we’ll go there and give a good account of ourselves, and hopefully come away with something,’ added Shelvey.
The Magpies have not been in great form, losing their last two Premier League matches
Promoted Newcastle dropped to 11th in the league following 1-0 defeats by Burnley and Bournemouth but Shelvey said form counted for little.
‘I think people probably read too much into the last two results. You’re going to win games and lose games this season – it’s just part and parcel of football,’ he added.
‘We could go and do something against Man United – that’s how weird this league is.
‘Anyone can beat anyone, so I think there’s enough for us to survive in this league.’