Newcastle defeat still rankles Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants a reaction similar to that which followed defeat at Newcastle last season as his side travel to Tyneside again.

United crashed to a 3-0 defeat when they visited the Sports Direct Arena in the Barclays Premier League in January but they responded with a run of 11 wins and a draw which - at the time - made them title favourites.

Now Ferguson is looking for his team to be similarly inspired as they take on the Magpies on Sunday on the back of last week's 3-2 loss to Tottenham.

Ferguson said: "In the second half of the season we had to do something, when you lose a game you have to do something.

"We lost a game to Tottenham and we have to recover again. Hopefully we can get the result on Sunday.

"It won't be easy, it is always a difficult place to go, Newcastle. I think under Alan Pardew they have become a really committed team.

"But after what happened in the game against Tottenham we need to get on the road in terms of recovery."

Both sides were in European action in midweek, with United winning their Champions League tie at Cluj 2-1 and Newcastle beating Bordeaux 3-0 at home in the Europa League.

Ferguson said: "I watched them last night and they played quite a few of their squad (players), left a few out, and still won convincingly 3-0.

"I thought it was a good performance, a good result. They will be buoyed up, the support will be great up there.

"It will be a hard game, I don't think there is any doubt about that, but hopefully we can navigate it."

United, who remain third in the Premier League despite the Spurs result, were without Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick through illness in Romania while Paul Scholes was rested.

They fell behind early on but Ferguson was pleased with the way his team came through with two goals from the prolific Robin van Persie.

He said: "There was some promising stuff the other night.

"We played really good football at times and it was interesting to play (Wayne) Rooney, Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) and Van Persie together.

"It gives us some thoughts and options for certain games.

"I think our strength is in our attacking options. I put Shinji (Kagawa) on the bench and I have got to think about Scholes, Giggs and Carrick now, which just heightens the problem about picking teams. I hope I pick the right one."

Defender Jonny Evans has recovered from a dead leg but Ferguson is still without a number of other players including centre-backs Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones.

Two prominent attacking players in Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young also remain on the injury list but Ferguson is hopeful of getting at least one of his casualties back during the forthcoming international break.

He said: "Smalling has a chance to come back - Jones and Vidic, obviously not.

"Ashley Young will start training while the internationals are on, particularly in the second week.

"At a stretch he could maybe make the game against Stoke but, certainly Smalling, he will have done enough training on the football side.

"Particularly as we have had a problem with centre-backs, that is a blessing for us."

Smalling has not played since last season after breaking a bone in his foot while Young has made just two appearances this term due to a knee injury.

Ferguson's opposite number this weekend, Pardew, was rewarded for his fine work at Newcastle with a new eight-year contract last week.

Pardew won over many people sceptical about his appointment in December 2010 by steering the Magpies to fifth last season.

Ferguson said: "I think he has done a great job, that is obvious.

"As we know, he was not anyone's choice in Newcastle, now he is everybody's choice."


Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas