Pic Special: Villa In View
Thursday morning saw preparations intensify for United's Barclays Premier League home fixture against Aston Villa.
The top flight strugglers come to Tyneside on Saturday (3pm kick-off) and head coach John Carver put his troops through their paces ahead of the match.
A light-hearted game of a mix between basketball and football put smiles on the players' faces, before it was down to the serious graft of attempting to get back to winning ways.
And a tough training session at the Magpies' Benton-based headquarters was snapped by Club Photographer Serena Taylor.