Newcastle boss Pardew concerned facing Man Utd ace Rooney

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits he's nervy about facing Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney today.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits he's nervy about facing Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney today.

But he believes it would be foolish to devise a plan to deal solely with the England star.

Pardew said: “Rooney is a fantastic player, one of my favourites.

“I love how passionate he is about the game and the way he plays it with a toughness. He’s England’s best player and changes the game for them.

“He changes Manchester United. He changes them from a top-four team to a top-two team. That is how powerful he is. We don’t have any particular plans to stop him because I don’t think you can do that against United.

“If you have a plan for Rooney, then what are you going to do about Van Persie? You need a plan for the whole team."

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