NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles intends to remain calm over their situation as the pressure builds on them ahead of Wednesday’s game against Manchester United

The Magpies are on a three-match winless run and just three points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Manager Rafael Benitez is remaining calm over the situation, despite conceding that Newcastle have weakened this season compared to their rivals due to their heavy expenditure.

To make matters worse, the future of the club under owner Mike Ashley remains in doubt with the tycoon having attempted to sale the club in the past.

But Lascelles intends to emulate Benitez’s example by remaining calm.

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“There have been positives in 2018. It is important not to get too low or too high, we have to try to stay level-headed,” Lascelles told the club website.

“There is an expectation here for the players but we have to step out on that pitch and perform. That’s our job.

“Any point we get will be well-earned. The team we have here has good team chemistry and we will do anything for this club.

“That shows in the games so we will keep trying next year.”

The Newcastle and United game will take place at St James’ Park with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET) on Wednesday.