Steven Taylor is hoping Old Trafford’s Theatre of Dreams can “inspire” Newcastle United to their first win under Steve McClaren - and end a seven game losing streak away from home.
Winless Newcastle are looking to bounce back quickly from the 2-0 defeat at Swansea City but couldn’t have asked for a sterner test away to Louis van Gaal’s in-form Manchester United side.
Old Trafford is a great place to play and hopefully it can inspire us to do something specialSteven Taylor
Two wins from their opening fixtures sees unbeaten United lying third in the Premier League table ahead of the visit of McClaren’s side.
But Taylor isn’t daunted by the trip to Old Trafford - and instead insists the Newcastle squad should be inspired to go on and achieve a “special” win.
McClaren is yet to toast a league win since taking charge in the summer after the departure of John Carver
It isn’t for the want of trying though, insists 29-year-old Taylor, who says the squad is brimming with confidence despite picking up just one point from their opening two matches.
He said: “We are trying hard to get our first win of the season.
“There’s no shortage of confidence from the players. We went to Swansea believing we could win the game and had a game plan to do it.
“But unfortunately Swansea played better than us.
“We have to accept that and take it on the chin. All we can do is move on now.
“We have a massive week ahead of us, and it’s important we get down to the training ground, get grafting and look forward to the Man United game.
“Old Trafford is a great place to play and hopefully it can inspire us to do something pretty special.”
Newcastle’s woeful run away from St James’s Park extends back to February, when they last picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
They failed to pick up another away point for the rest of 2014-15 under Carver, with defeats to Manchester City, Everton, Sunderland, Liverpool, Leicester City and QPR - scoring just one goal in the process. McClaren is desperate to end that run in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford.