The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that he feels that his side should not have allowed Manchester United to start the match in great fashion. He has also said that the way Manchester United started the match was a bit of a surprise for his team. Newcastle United took on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men at St James’s Park looking to repeat the last season scoreline of 3-0 for the home team. However, they conceded two quick goals in the first half, while a third goal from Tom Cleverley meant that it was Newcastle United who suffered the defeat this time around.
Speaking after the match, the Newcastle United manager said that he was extremely disappointed to see two goals conceded from corners. He has acknowledged the fact that it is always difficult for a team to come back into the match once they have given a team like Manchester United a two-goal advantage. However, he was pleased with the reaction of his players in the second half. Newcastle appeared to have scored a goal through Papiss Cisse only for it to be disallowed on the basis that it had not cross the line. Pardew reckons that it was indeed the case and had no complaints about the incident.
“At the start Manchester United were fast out of the blocks and I don’t think we saw the ball in that period, the first eight minutes or whatever it was. We’ve conceded two from set-pieces and you can’t give a team like Manchester United a two-goal lead. That’s something we’re going to have to cover and make sure we’re better at next time. After that though, I have to say, I was proud of our team. We stuck at it, took the game to United, made a few chances,” said Pardew.