Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned his players to expect a Manchester United backlash as they attempt to end their 39-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford.
The Magpies do so looking to bounce back from their first Barclays Premier League defeat of the season at leaders Manchester City last weekend, but acutely aware of what lies in wait for them with United trailing their arch-rivals in the table and still coming to terms with Tuesday night's disappointing 2-2 Champions League draw with Benfica.
Pardew has immense respect for Red Devils counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson, and knows he will have his players fired up to make an immediate response in an attempt to reel in City, saying: "I know he will be smarting from Wednesday's draw, so unfortunately, we are on the back of a negative from Manchester United's point of view, so it will be a tough game for us."
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