By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Dan Gosling is targeting a "bonus" result at Manchester United this weekend, following Newcastle's impressive start to the 2011/12 campaign.
After 12 league games, the Magpies sit fourth in the Premier League table with 25 points and have only tasted defeat once this term - last weekend against Manchester City.
Midfielder Gosling admits the team's form has exceeded even their own expectations, meaning the pressure is off ahead of Saturday's trip to Old Trafford, and despite their loss last time out the England Under 21 star believes there are positives to take into the fixture.
"They don't get any easier do they?" he joked to nufc.co.uk.
"We knew we had a tough run of fixtures coming up, but we have section targets and we've managed to get the points on the board already. If we can get something from the game against Manchester United then it will be an added bonus.
"There were plenty of positives from the Manchester City performance. One of them is the chances we had - if we get those chances at Old Trafford then hopefully we can take them."
Gosling has recently come back into the first team reckoning, coming off the substitutes' bench against Stoke, Everton and Manchester City. And with Cheick Tiote still struggling to overcome a knee injury, the former Toffee is keen to take his chance and impress manager Alan Pardew.
He said: "I need to start pushing on and getting more minutes on the pitch, and hopefully I can keep impressing in training and working hard, and then my time will come."