Jonjo Shelvey “There is no bigger game than Manchester United away at Old Trafford”
Jonjo Shelvey believes that he and his teammates have thrown away the last two matches and deserved at least four points from six.
Those extra four points from Bournemouth and Burnley would have put Newcastle in seventh, only a point off fifth place.
However, overall the NUFC midfielder says ‘we’ve done very well so far to be five points clear of the relegation zone’.
That of course is the objective for this season to then build from there, these last two matches though have shown how the small margins can easily go against, as well as for you.
Jonjo Shelvey thinks Newcastle deserved at least a draw at Burnley and threw the point away with a soft goal, whilst as he says, there is no doubt the first half should have produced the goals to beat Bournemouth.
On paper at least, Newcastle appear to have had an easier run of opening fixtures than they might have had and now he points out: ‘There is no bigger game than Manchester United away at Old Trafford’.
Hopefully Rafa’s players could be catching Man Utd at a decent time, with injury/fitness doubts on a number of players.
Though having said that, the Newcastle boss is likely to be missing Lascelles, Merino and Atsu.
On a personal level, Jonjo Shelvey doesn’t seem too concerned about missing out on an England call-up and says ‘it just is what it is’.
With so many players pulling out of the squad and it being only friendlies, the reality is that Gareth Southgate will no doubt already know the 14 or 15 players he is actively considering playing in Russia next summer – so being called into the squad now as a fringe player would have no doubt had limited value.
As Shelvey says himself, he needs to do it for Newcastle and then anything else such as England would follow, great if he can start that at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“There is no bigger game than Manchester United away at Old Trafford.
“Our last two games have been disappointing, to be honest and I thought we should have been two or three goals up by half-time (v Bournemouth) with the chances we had.
“We threw it away at the end and in the Burnley game, I thought we did enough to warrant at least a draw.
“You’re going to lose games in this league, it is part and parcel of football at the end of the day.
“There’s a lot of expectation which comes with this football club…but I think we’ve done very well so far to be five points clear of the relegation zone.
“Obviously, we’ve got a difficult Christmas period coming up but I’m sure that we’ll be all right.
“I have said things in the past about the England set-up and it just is what it is. I mean, I have really not got an opinion on it at the minute.
“I have obviously been back in the Newcastle team, which I worked hard to get back into, and my main goal at this moment in time is to stay in that team and try and improve my performances, and then whatever will be will be.”
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