Steven Taylor: We can beat Manchester United

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has told his team-mates to put Sunday’s derby defeat to Sunderland behind them by claiming a big victory against Manchester United on Boxing Day.

The Magpies were pegged back in the last minute at St James’ Park as they fell to 1-0 defeat in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Adam Johnson’s goal sealed a dramatic victory for the Black Cats, who have now won a record four straight times against their local rivals.

It was a disappointing day for Newcastle who, after going on a five-match winning run in October and November, have now won just one of their last five Premier League games.

But Taylor insists they can put their season back on track with a win over in-form Manchester United, having inflicted a first defeat of the season upon league leaders Chelsea earlier this month.

“We can recover,” he told the Chronicle. “It will be tough at Man United but we have proved we can do it against the big boys. This will hurt a lot of the lads.

“We have to get over it and move on. Hopefully it can be a turning point for us.”

Newcastle won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972 last season and are priced at 8.39 to pick up three points again this Friday.

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