Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Repeat Showing Would Suit Toon Chief Just Fine; Newcastle Boss Issues His Magpies with Licence to Thrill at Old Trafford - and Is Backing Them to Cope without Tiote !

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Repeat Showing Would Suit Toon Chief Just Fine; Newcastle Boss Issues His Magpies with Licence to Thrill at Old Trafford - and Is Backing Them to Cope without Tiote !

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer

ALAN PARDEW will give his Newcastle United side the licence to express themselves at Old Trafford today. The Toon boss is not interested in shutting up shop and holding out for a stalemate against the dangerous Premier League leaders.

Instead, Pardew will urge his side to give a repeat showing of last year's 1-1 draw at the ground dubbed the Theatre of Dreams.

Having guided his team to a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, Pardew told the Chronicle: "We go there with a little bit of resilience in the team and a clean sheet.

"We put in a real professional performance and the opposition did not get any chances. You could not go there in better heart than that.

"You have to carry a threat at Manchester United and you have to retain the ball.

"Otherwise you just face waves and waves of attacks.

"We cannot afford that so we have to make sure we get our balance right."

Newcastle picked up a valuable point at Old Trafford last year as Demba Ba kept his cool to slot home a penalty at the Stretford End and stun the home fans.

By the end, though, Newcastle were hanging on for dear life after a red card for Jonas Gutierrez - and the Magpies were only saved by a clearance on the line by Danny Simpson.

Pardew added: "Last year for 60 minutes we did very, very well and carried a threat.

"We were in the game and it was only in the last 20 minutes when we started losing the ball perhaps too cheaply and came under a lot of pressure.

"Yet we still managed to hold out. That is what you have to do at Old Trafford - you have to be very strong."

Man United go into the clash knowing rivals Manchester City have made up two points in the battle at the top.

Having watched them drop points at Swansea, Pardew said: "Swansea caught Man United on an off day, which is always handy.

"They do not have off days two days running.

"However, that does not mean to say we will not do as well as Swansea or do even better."

At: Old Trafford On: December 26 Kick off: 3pm MIKE DEAN The Wirral Whistler takes charge of his second game this season involving Newcastle, his first being the painful 1-0 defeat against West Ham earlier this term. …

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