Alan Pardew has reset Newcastle United’s season target.

The Magpies manager has now said that the aim for the rest of the season is to finish above Manchester United. The reigning Premier League champions are enduring a tough spell, having lost eight of their 25 games so far. David Moyes’ side latest setback came on Sunday afternoon, when they conceded a 94th minute equaliser at home to bottom club Fulham.

Speaking in Monday’s press conference, Pardew said: “The result at Manchester United yesterday was a result that cheered me up because it gives us a chance to try and catch them and if we try to finish above Manchester United that would be a hell of an achievement for this club, regardless of anything else”.

Newcastle currently sit four points behind Moyes’ men and entertain Tottenham Hotspur at home on Wednesday night.

And Pardew confirmed there may be a debut appearance for Newcastle’s latest young hope, 17-year-old Adam Armstrong.

The teenager only turned 17 on Monday and has been on the bench for the games against Chelsea and Sunderland and Pardew has spoke about Armstrong’s talents.

“I think he’s got to play somewhere along the line – he’s somebody we have high hopes for” Pardew told the Shields Gazette.

Armstrong, amazingly, has only been a full-time professional for one year, having signed a pro contract at the beginning of last season and wasted no time impressing for the under 18 side.

The striker scored five goals in his first five games of the under 21’s league this season, prompting Pardew to select the youngster for first-team duty while injuries affect the squad.