It was arguably the best result Alan Pardew achieved at Newcastle United.
The team had made a surprisingly good start to the 2011/12 season, the signings of Ba and Cabaye connecting a lot of dots in a team that Chris Hughton had built and managed so well.
Under Alan Pardew, this team was unbeaten in the first 11 games of 2011/12, winning seven and drawing four.
Then in typical Pardew style, it was then only one win in eight games and only five points from 24 in the run that took us to new year 2012.
The first game of 2012 seeing Newcastle United face Manchester United.
Alan Pardew has now explained how he outwitted Sir Alex Ferguson that day and what it takes to beat Manchester United.
Hopefully Steve Bruce will have a watch/listen below…
Talking about when the final whistle went on 4 January 2012 and a final score of Newcastle United 3 Manchester United 0, Alan Pardew remembers that special moment, brilliant goals from Ba and Cabaye and a last gasp own goal from Phil Jones rounding it off:
“You suddenly beat Manchester United 3-0 and I’m shaking hands with Fergie.
“Thinking, I bet he’s not going to be too happy.
“I did find out he wasn’t too happy because he didn’t speak to me for 14 months.
“Prior to that he had been texting me and saying how well I’d done up until then.
“When you come up against these top managers, you have to understand everything is fine and they can be very nice gentlemen, until you beat them.
“Fergie is still a dear friend of mine but he did have a little bit of a sulk about that result.
“We were really happy because it was an iconic result and how many times in anybody’s career do you beat Man Utd 3-0?”
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They have produced this very interesting interview with Alan Pardew as he discusses how it was done.
Maybe we will be shortly watching Steve Bruce explaining how he beat Man Utd 3-0…