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Premier League survival is Newcastle's goal, says Jonjo Shelvey

15 Novembre 2017

Newcastle United are being left sweating on the fitness of a key trio ahead of this weekend's crucial clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Promoted Newcastle dropped to 11th in the league following 1-0 defeats by Burnley and Bournemouth but Shelvey said form counted for little.

'Anyone can beat anyone, so I think there's enough for us to survive in this league'. That's our main goal, and then to build a platform and go on from there.

Manchester United are also looking to bounce back after losing 1-0 at Chelsea before the break and, even though they have not lost at home for more than a year, Shelvey is hopeful that Rafael Benitez can engineer a surprise.

Shelvey is looking to put the Bournemouth defeat behind him and is relishing the trip to Old Trafford
Shelvey is looking to put the Bournemouth defeat behind him and is relishing the trip to Old Trafford

'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.

"We could go and do something against Man United - that's how weird this league is", he added.

While Newcastle are facing a daunting task, Shelvey is excited by the prospect.

Darlow was linked with Middlesbrough and Reading over the summer, but he told the Evening Chronicle: "I want to play first-team football for this club in the Premier League and it's up to me to convince the manager I should be".

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Premier League survival is Newcastle's goal, says Jonjo Shelvey