Steven Taylor says the whole team must take credit for Newcastle United’s morale-boosting point at Old Trafford and not just the defence.
The 29-year-old was recalled to the starting line-up in place of the suspended Daryl Janmaat, out serving a one-match ban, with Chancel Mbemba moved to right-back.
We will take the point and move on, but this will give us confidence.
And Taylor was one of the main reasons behind Newcastle’s goalless draw, with him and captain Fabricio Coloccini excelling at the back.
He has called on his teammates to use the point as a platform for success this season.
“The whole team had a good game and everyone put a shift in,” said Taylor.
“Everyone just put their bodies on the line and tracked their runners.
“Vurnon Anita limited them to very little, Sadio (Massadio Haidara) stopped Mata.
“All the back four put the blocks in and Tim (Krul) made the saves when he needed to and (Aleksandar) Mitrovic caused mayhem up front, putting himself about.
“We will take the point and move on, but this will give us confidence.
“Hopefully this can be a platform for us,” added Taylor, who was reluctant to set a target for the season.
It was backs against the wall for much of the game, with Man United dominating the early play.
But Newcastle didn’t just sit back, and they carved out good openings to win the game – with Taylor admitting ‘parking the bus’ is pointless at Old Trafford.
He added: “They are a top side, make no mistake about that and it is still difficult to play here.
“You can’t just park the bus when you come here.
“If you do that you will get absolutely battered.
“With the players they have got they will hurt you, so what we did was just take it to them and go for it and that is what we tried to do.
“We broke right at the end and we were very unlucky not to nick it.”
The Toon defence also managed to contain Wayne Rooney for much of the game – the striker having scored 12 goals and provided seven assists in previous matches against Newcastle.
Rooney is struggling for goals having not scored for United in more than four months, although he did have a fourth minute ‘goal’ wrongly ruled out for offside.
Taylor said: “I rate Rooney very highly.
“He is one of the best strikers in the country.
“The things he does off the ball as well as on the ball.”