Danny Guthrie wants Newcastle to travel to Manchester United on Monday night without any fear.
Chris Hughton's club made an immediate return to the Premier League after winning the Championship with ease in 2009/10 as they finished 11 points clear of second-placed West Brom.
The success of the last season was in stark contrast to 2008/09 when Newcastle suffered relegation from the top flight following a troubled term both on and off the field at St James' Park.
That relegation campaign started with a trip to Old Trafford for a game which saw Guthrie make his Newcastle debut and the midfielder marked the occasion by helping his team to a 1-1 draw.
The former United Academy player therefore hopes his team-mates visit Manchester with a similar mindset on Monday, telling The Chronicle: "You can't go there fearing them, because you'll get turned over.
"The worst thing that could happen is getting turned over badly.
"If we turn up with no fear, and as 11 players looking to prove a point, I think we'll do alright."
A common prediction suggests that Newcastle will have had a good season if they finish in 17th position or above, avoiding a repeat of relegation in the process.
But Guthrie thinks that mid-table is not out of reach and that a positive opening could also prove decisive in pushing towards the European places.
He said: "We're not going to be pushing for the top six. But if we had a great start, you never know what can happen.
"Realistically, I think we can aim for mid-table this season."