Magpies all together now, insists midfielder Anita

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Vurnon Anita says there are no cliques in the Newcastle United squad as they pull together to get their first win of the season.

The Magpies have begun their campaign with a draw and a defeat in their opening two games, and face a difficult test when they travel to Manchester United tomorrow.

Anita is part of a growing Dutch contingent at the club, while there remains a strong French presence.

But the midfielder says everybody mingles well and is together for the battles ahead.

“This year, Georginio Wijnaldum came and we have Siem (de Jong) as well and Daryl (Janmaat),” said Anita.

“There’s a lot of Dutch players, but we adapt well in the team and everybody is good together

“Everybody is good together. It’s not ‘there’s the Dutch guys, there’s the French guys, there’s the English guys’ – everybody is sticking together and talking together, so that’s a good thing for the team.

“Everybody speaks good English so we can mingle with everybody, and it’s a good thing.”

Anita has transformed from outcast under Alan Pardew to key player in the early part of Steve McClaren’s reign.

But the Holland international – a £5.7million signing from Ajax in 2012 – isn’t taking his renaissance for granted, even if he feels more comfortable under the style of football McClaren wants his side to adopt.

“I just do my bit and give my all in training and games, and it’s up to the manager who he decides to play,” added the 26-year-old.

“At this point, it’s me and I try to keep doing my best and keep the position.

“It’s more playing from the back and building up play and that suits me well.

“It’s a little bit like in Holland. It’s similar with the movements and positions and the way of thinking.”

Anita could keep his place in the centre of midfield for the trip to Old Trafford, or may be moved into right-back to replace the suspended Daryl Janmaat, with Cheik Tiote coming into the engine room.

The more likely option is to continue with the defence that played the second half at the Liberty Stadium, following Janmaat’s dismissal.

Steven Taylor came on at the break for the injured Moussa Sissoko, slotting in at centre-half alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini – who struggled badly against an in-form Swans side.

That meant new boy Chancel Mbemba was pushed to the right-back berth and it could be argued he coped better than Janmaat did against wily Jefferson Montero. But only just.

Whoever lines up at right-back will have a difficult afternoon marking Manchester United’s new wing star Memphis Depay, a former team-mate of Wijnaldum at PSV Eindhoven.

The hosts have won two out of two in the league.