A smiling Alan Pardew was delighted with the fantastic win at Old Trafford today, when Newcastle put in a disciplined performance and the lads carried out the game plan excellently, and we fully deserved our first win at Old Trafford since February, 1972 when George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law played for the Red Devils, and Stewart Barrowclough and John Tudor played for Newcastle in that game.
And it was only a week after Hereford United had knocked us out of the FA Cup in one of the big FA Cup upsets of all time.
So there’s some memories – good and bad – right there.
Yohan Cabaye - after scoring winner today
This is what the Newcastle manager said to BT Sport after the game today:
“Forty-one years we’ve been waiting to win here as a club. It was a magnificent performance,” “I know we probably won’t get the headlines because of poor old United and David Moyes – it’s a difficult result for them.”
“But we do deserve the headlines. The players were magnificent. I asked them to play very differently today to the way we’ve been winning, to keep the ball and control the game.”
“We did that even to a level that I thought was good for us; we really kept the ball well and made it difficult for them. It’s a great day for Newcastle and our fans.”
“I felt we had a good control of the game, they didn’t really have too many moments. Perhaps on the break was their biggest threat.”
Manchester United put Newcastle under pressure at the start of the second half, but once Newcastle went ahead after 61 minutes – our lads gave as good as they got.
And at the end of the game Alan Pardew went around his players and congratulated them on their fantastic efforts for the side – we’ve never seen Alan Pardew look so delighted.
A simply magnificent victory for Newcastle United today – and one to cherish for the ages.
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