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The Magpies centre-back is eagerly anticipating Saturday's trip to Old Trafford, as Alan Pardew's side look to get back on track after 3-1 defeat to Manchester City

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor is eagerly anticipating Saturday's clash with Manchester United as the Magpies look to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Manchester City.

 

Taylor and defensive partner Fabricio Coloccini have been in fine form this season, helping Alan Pardew's side to an 11 game unbeaten run that ended with a 3-1 defeat to Roberto Mancini's men at Eastlands on Saturday.

Despite the loss, Taylor is looking forward to facing Premier League champions Manchester United, insisting playing against such tough opposition is why he is involved in the game.

Taylor told Sky Sports News: "This is why you want to be a professional footballer - to play in the big games and to be involved against the best players in the world.

"Manchester United have some world class players, like Wayne Rooney for example. What a player he is, but we've just got to be able to deal with it.”

The north east side struggled to contain the attacking power of City, but the 25-year-old is confident they can resolve those problems in their upcoming match at Old Trafford.

"The pressure will be on them and not us. We're going to go there and enjoy our football and try and improve on what we did at Man City," he explained

"That was a test of what's to come and we did well, despite the defeat - but I think we can get better. Before the game we set out what we wanted to do and didn't get to do that.

"But we'll look back at Saturday's game and try to improve, and put those things right."

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