Atsu eyeing Newcastle season revival against 'struggling' Manchester United

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The Ghanaian speaks on the Magpies' Premier League trip to Old Trafford on Saturday

Newcastle United star Christian Atsu wants the club to end their poor run in the Premier League with three points against Manchester United on Saturday. 

Ahead of matchday eight, the Magpies have lost five and drawn two of seven games played so far, leaving them relegation-trapped on the 18th position. 

There is, therefore, a lot to play for against the Red Devils, who, by their own lofty standards, have been disappointing this campaign. 

“We know it will be a tough game for both teams," Atsu told the Chronicle.

"They are struggling too and so are we.

“We have to stick together. We can’t lose our heads and the big teams don’t get beaten three or four times in a row.

“We have to change things ourselves. This is the moment we need everybody to get behind the team. We think the fans deserve better.

“We’re working hard and trying to change everything. For me, one win will change the atmosphere around the club.”

Newcastle have been underwhelming, but on individual level, Atsu has even more to worry about. 

Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Leicester City offered the Ghanaian his first league start of the campaign, adding to three substitute appearances prior. 

“I want to be involved in every game - whether it’s Man United or Leicester," said, the 26-year-old.

“I am happy to be playing again but very disappointed that I couldn’t score or get an assist.

“I see it as my responsibility so from that point of view I’m disappointed that I didn’t score or the team couldn’t get the win.

“I hate it when I play and the team lose.

“We are all supporting the team and want to give to the team.

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“Whenever you are on the pitch you don’t want to be losing.”

The former Chelsea man made 28 league appearances involving 19 starts and scored twice for Newcastle last season. 

 

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