Jonjo Shelvey says Newcastle need to bounce back after recent struggles

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Newcastle lost two games in a row prior to the international break

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that he is relishing his side's clash away to Manchester United on Saturday as the club look to bounce back from their recent struggles.

The Magpies suffered disappointing defeats against Burnley and Bournemouth prior to the international break but will be determined to cause an upset when they face Jose Mourinho's team.

Shelvey was eager to stress that, despite recent results, Newcastle are coping well for a newly promoted side.

Shelvey told the Chronicle: “There’s no bigger game than Man United away at Old Trafford.

“Our last two games have been disappointing, to be honest. I thought we should have been two or three goals up by half-time [against Bournemouth] with the chances we had.

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

“Obviously, we threw it away at the end, and in the Burnley game I thought we did enough to warrant at least a draw to be honest.

“You’re going to lose games in this league. It’s part and parcel of football at the end of the day.

“I think people should remember how well we’ve actually done this season. We’re sitting in 11th place and we’re a newly-promoted team."

Bournemouth's Norwegian striker Joshua King (L) vies with Newcastle United's English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and...

Shelvey is likely to have a major part to play for Newcastle on Saturday and the 25-year-old will certainly have to keep his discipline and composure in a difficult fixture.

Although he was overlooked by Gareth Southgate for inclusion in the England squad despite several players being unavailable, Shelvey has been a regular in the Newcastle midfield of late and has started his side's last five matches in a row in the Premier League.

Shelvey received a considerable amount of criticism for his actions against Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season when he was dismissed for stamping on Dele Alli but the Newcastle player will certainly be eager to show this weekend that he can remain calm on the big stage.

 

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