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Published: 17:15 | 14/11/17

Newcastle can shock Man Utd, says Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey says Newcastle can beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday because the Premier League is "weird".

Manchester United are unbeaten at home since their 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City on 10 September 2016, a run of 38 matches in all competitions.

United have won 27 of those 38 matches, and kept clean sheets in 22 of them, but Shelvey, 25, is still convinced Newcastle can cause a shock in Saturday's game at Old Trafford, which is live on BT Sport 1 on the eir Sport pack [kick off 5.30pm].

"We could go and do something against Manchester United - that's how weird this league is," the Magpies' midfielder told NUFC TV.

"Rafa [manager Rafael Benítez] 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."

Newly-promoted Newcastle moved into the Premier League top four after a 2-1 home victory over Stoke City on 16 September, but have now dropped to 11th place after successive 1-0 defeats at Burnley on 30 October, and at home to Bournemouth on 4 November.

Benitez called for the Toon Army supporters to be "realistic" after the defeat to Bournemouth, insisting that Newcastle's main focus this season should be on avoiding relegation.

And Shelvey, who signed for the club in January 2016 following a £12m move from Swansea City, agrees with Benitez that a 17th-placed finish would count as a successful season for Newcastle.

"Anyone can beat anyone, so I think there's enough for us to survive in this league," he said.

"That's our main goal, and then to build a platform and go on from there."

"If someone said to me last year that by the third international break you'd be sitting in 11th place, the majority of people would have bitten their hand off for it.

"No-one knew how we were going to get on to start off with - a lot of people were probably tipping us to go straight back down - but I feel there is enough in the changing room, and what we've shown it on the pitch, to keep us up."

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at Old Trafford when the Premier League resumes on Saturday, 18 November, a match which is live on BT Sport 1 on the eir Sport pack [kick off 5.30pm]

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