Toon manager Alan Pardew believes that Sir Alex Ferguson might not be worried about playing Newcastle, but he will definitely be worried about playing at St James’ Park on Tuesday night.
"It is a fixture I genuinely believe Sir Alex will be very wary of," Pardew said of the Manchester United match up.
"Maybe not so much because he fears us as a team, but because he fears the ground and the reaction it can inspire the team to.
"For example, the Arsenal game - Newcastle were 4-0 down and our first goal goes in and suddenly you felt the crowd erupt and impact on the game.
“That is what [Ferguson] will fear, perhaps more than the [Newcastle] team, but I honestly believe he will genuinely fear this game."
Pardew revealed that he believes the key to beating Manchester United is studying how the Red Devils lost three games this season, to Chelsea, Liverpool and Wolves.
"They have only lost a handful of games all season, but we have looked at how they lost those games and we have come up with what we believe is a kind of theme.
“They have Rooney, Berbatov, Nani. Our defence – which I thought was very good at Villa – will need to be on song."
The game is equally important to both sides, with Manchester United looking to extent their lead at the top of the table, while Newcastle are attempting to stake their claim as a permanent fixture in the Barclays Premier League and not fall into a relegation fight.
But while Manchester United are favourites to take out the clash, Newcastle have a good record at home, and United have a terrible record away, with just five wins and eight draws out of Old Trafford this season. Newcastle could in fact be in the winning seat, if their fans are as loud as Pardew believes they will be.
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