Alan Pardew identifies key to getting a good result against Manchester United

Alan Pardew

Pardew is looking for his side to repeat last season's performance and result at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will take his side to Old Trafford looking to replicate their heroics from last season against Manchester United, as they look to put their disappointing last-gasp derby defeat against Sunderland behind them.

A Yohan Cabaye striker ended a 40-year wait for the side to leave Old Trafford with a victory, and recent performances at Old Trafford have been encouraging for the Newcastle boss.

He has highlighted that retaining possession is going to key for his players if they are to stand a chance of repeating last season's result. 

Pardew told reporters: "We've had decent performances at Old Trafford. In the last three we drew, we got beat in the last minute 4-3 which was a cracking game and we won last year. So we've done reasonably well there, and one of the reasons we have done well there is we've retained possession well and that's something we're going to have to do because you can't turn possession over to Man United with the quality they've got up front. And they're going well at the minute, they're on a great run. It's a game I think every time you play them you have to look forward to it, I certainly do and I'm sure our senior players and young players will too.

"We have a different set up to the team [from last year]. I think our retention of the ball is something we're going to have to improve in the second half of the season. We're always going to have a threat on the break with this team and Man United will be wary of that.

"They have had good control of the game at the moment, they seem to have some of their best players come back - Carrick has been important of course, someone I know very, very well - so, we need to take away from last year's performance the attitude to enter the game to go and win it, the structure that worked well for us. But of course the opposition have a lot to say about that and this Man United team have got themselves in good form, so it'll be a tough game for us."

Pardew's men have managed to win games against the league's more illustrious opponents so far this season. They have been the only side to beat Premier League leaders Chelsea, whilst also beating Liverpool and Tottenham in the league so far - and have beaten Manchester City in the League Cup.

Beating those sides means they are likely to be tricky opponents for Louis van Gaal's men who have been in great form of late, with their six match winning run only coming to at the weekend with a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

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