Manchester United skipper Patrice Evra admits they must be at the top of their game against Newcastle United.

Newcastle, though they were beaten in the Capital One cup at Old Trafford last week, are more than capable of inflicting major damage to United's title ambitions.

In the corresponding fixture last season, the Magpies romped to a three-goal triumph that prompted a major inquest in the Red Devils' ranks.

It is not an experience Evra has any wish to repeat.

"We had a meeting after that game at Newcastle last season," he said.

"We had to talk with each other because it was not the way we respect the shirt of Manchester United.

"We don't want another wake up call.

"We know what happened last year. We know the experience up there and we have to be ready from the first minute of the game."