Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has sought a response from his players in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United after getting their “backsides kicked” by Leicester City.

Newcastle suffered a 5-0 hammering at Leicester last Sunday to heap the pressure on Bruce, who has managed only one win in seven games this season with the club second from bottom in the table.

“There should be a few words when you get as badly beaten as we did. What we have to do is respond and look to the next game to erase it,” Bruce told a news conference on Friday.

“Enough has been said … we were disappointed. We had our backsides kicked. When that happens you have to show a certain degree of pride and make sure you put it right.”

Bruce has not enjoyed support from some sections of fans since he took over from the popular Rafa Benitez in July and recent results have not helped him win them over.

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