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Steve Bruce: 'Manchester United perfect opponents for Newcastle to bounce back'

:Headline: Steve Bruce: 'Manchester United perfect opponents for Newcastle to bounce back':
The Magpies were hammered 5-0 by Leicester last weekend.
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Steve Bruce hopes the carrot of victory over Manchester United can help Newcastle bounce back from their horror show at Leicester.

The Magpies head coach will send his side into battle with his former employers at St James' Park on Sunday after their 5-0 hammering at the King Power Stadium last weekend.

Bruce was part of the United side who chased down Newcastle to win the Premier League in 1995-96, and although neither club is currently in that sort of form, it remains a big fixture for him.

He said: "Yes, they might not be the Manchester United of the past, but they've still got some very good players and we're going to have to be better than we were last week.

"It's a wonderful time to play them because it's a full house live on TV. If you have to bounce back against anybody, what better way than against them?"

Newcastle have won only one game all season, although the fact that that victory came at Tottenham is a source of comfort for a coach who has seen his side drastically underperform in their last two outings.

Sunday's visitors have their own problems, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having presided over a poor start to the season, but Bruce knows that will count for little if his players allow their standards to drop once again.

He said: "I don't think I've ever beaten them, which is a worry, of course. I had the privilege to play there for a long time. It was a long time ago, but they're one of the great clubs of Europe.

"It'll be a big occasion and we have to make sure we're ready for it. We've played badly in a couple of games, but we're capable. We're going to have to play well on the day.

"At Spurs, the resilience was there for everybody to see. For some reason, we lost that last week."

Bruce will expect a big response from his squad, which could be boosted by the return from injury of Jetro Willems, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle.

He said: "For the last couple of years, they (Newcastle) have been in and around the bottom half of the league, so they're used to trying to respond.

"That's what the Premier League is all about. You accept you can be beaten, but you've got to react."

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1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2746172451-2718
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