Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ready for Manchester United challenge


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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes his side will take the lessons they learnt from last Saturday's loss at Manchester City into tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Newcastle suffered their first defeat of the campaign after going down 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium and they face another daunting return to Manchester this weekend when they travel to Old Trafford, where they have not tasted victory against United since 1972.

Pardew is wary of a Red Devils backlash following their disappointing midweek Champions League draw with Benfica, but hopes Newcastle's trip to City will stand them in good stead for the encounter.

He said: "We were impressed with Manchester City and we have taken some points from what they do.

"We have looked at our game and hopefully we can improve. That's what you do when you come up against the best sides.

"We are coming up against the champions this week and they will be eager to show us how powerful they are.

"The disappointment of Tuesday night, they need to put that right, so we come up against a motivated side and probably their strongest side, so it's a big test for us."

Newcastle go into the clash in fourth spot in the standings, level on 25 points with third-placed Tottenham, four points behind United in second and nine adrift of pacesetters City.

City are away to Liverpool on Sunday while in-form Spurs travel to West Brom looking for their ninth win in 10 league games.

Spurs midfielder Luka Modric told his club's website, "We're up to third place and there are hard games coming up.

"We need to keep going and just keep up this momentum. We're playing well, we're fighting for each other and we need to keep going. We are full of confidence."

Bottom club Wigan travel to Sunderland and their former manager Steve Bruce while both Stoke and Blackburn will be eager for a three-point haul when they clash at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke have lost their last four league matches, conceding 14 goals in the process, and second-bottom Blackburn have only managed one win all season.

The Potters' goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen told Stoke City Player: "We have to get back to basics. We need to get back to clean sheets, working hard and defending properly."

In other matches, stuttering Chelsea host Wolves, Arsenal will attempt to make it six wins out of six in the league when they face Fulham, Aston Villa go to Swansea, Bolton are at home to Everton and QPR travel to fellow promoted side Norwich.