Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey makes bold claim about St James' Park

Newcastle player Jonjo Shelvey reacts before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The Newcastle United ace believes that his side have not received enough credit for their efforts this season.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez congratulates Jonjo Shelvey after the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle...

Magpies ace Jonjo Shelvey sat down for an exclusive interview with the club's official website, and waxed lyrical about his club and their standing within the game, suggesting that he classes St James' Park in the same bracket as Old Trafford.

Newcastle return to Premier League action with a trip to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday, as Rafa Benitez's side face the daunting challenge of taking on second placed Manchester United on the Red Devils' home turf.

The Toon currently sit in 11th position in the Premier League table, after a respectable return of 14 points from their opening 11 league outings, but they find themselves under pressure from their fans after losing their last two games.

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.

Many expect the North-East outfit to struggle against Jose Mourinho's men, with United having not lost a home game since September 2016 in all competitions.

Shelvey though, is not overawed with the prospect of visiting the three-time European champions this weekend.

He told NUFC.co.uk:

"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. 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."

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

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A win at Old Trafford, as unlikely as that may seem, could take the Magpies up to eighth in the Premier League table, but Rafa and co would surely settle for a point if it was offered to them.

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