STEVEN Taylor’s hoping he and his team-mates can give Manchester United a bloody nose – after taking another blow to his own hooter.
Taylor was forced off the pitch during Newcastle United’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend with blood streaming from his recently-broken nose.
And the 25-year-old will again put his body on the line against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Taylor has been outstanding alongside Fabricio Coloccini so far this season, his form having led to calls for England recognition.
The pair’s contrasting styles compliment each other, and Taylor’s grateful to be learning from such an accomplished defender day in, day out on the training field, and on a Saturday afternoon.
Ferguson’s side, in second, are just four points ahead of fourth-placed Newcastle in the Premier League.
And that narrow gap owes everything to a defence which has leaked just 11 goals in 12 games.
“I feel I’m playing well, and I’ve just got to continue that,” Taylor said.
“I’m playing alongside a very good centre-half in Fabricio Coloccini. He’s in his prime, and is a great leader.
“Day in day out, I’m enjoying training and playing alongside him. I’m taking the advice he’s giving me, which is very important. I love learning from someone who’s played at the highest level for Argentina.
“For me, I’m just enjoying playing my football. It’s an honour to play with the lads we’ve got now.
“It’s a fantastic spirit we’ve got here.”
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