Manchester United must find top form heading into what can be the "decisive" Christmas period, midfielder Juan Mata has said ahead of Saturday's English Premier League home game against Newcastle United.
The Magpies are looking to bounce back after suffering two consecutive defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth before the worldwide break, with Rafael Benitez's side now having won just one of their last five Premier League matches.
Newly-promoted Newcastle had a promising start to the season but slipped to 11th in the table before the global break following consecutive 1-0 defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth.
'Rafa knows this league, he knows how to set teams up and how to get results and I'm sure that we'll go there and give a good account of ourselves, and hopefully come away with something, ' added Shelvey.
Shelvey is looking to put the Bournemouth defeat behind him and is relishing the trip to Old Trafford
The 25-year-old said: "As a footballer to go to grounds like that - and I include St James' Park in that - to play against the best players in the world, it's every kid's dream".
"I'm mature enough just to get on with that, realise I'm here and that my job is to support the squad week in, week out in the Premier League, hope we get the right results and try to push for another chance".
'We could go and do something against Man United - that's how weird this league is.