Newcastle enjoying Premier League tests - Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson (left) and Sergio Aguero
Simpson (left) returns to former club Manchester United with Newcastle on Saturday

Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson says the players are relishing big games such as this weekend's trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

The Magpies go into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the Red Devils' rivals Manchester City on Saturday, their first league loss of the season.

"It's what the league's about," Simpson told BBC Newcastle.

"I'm sure our fans are loving it, we're loving it, and we're looking forward to going there try to get something."

Simpson grew up in Salford and was a Manchester United player from joining the club as a youth team player in 2003 until his permanent move to Tyneside in January 2010.

That link with City's adversaries made him the target of boos from the home fans at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, while Newcastle were subjected to their toughest test so far this term by the league leaders.

"We will review this, I'm sure we'll kick on and get ready for another big game," Simpson added.

"Our experience at Manchester City will prepare us for the game at Old Trafford."

Alan Pardew's side follow up their double trip to Manchester with a home encounter with another side holding title ambitions, in Chelsea a week on Saturday.