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Newcastle boss Pardew convinced Man Utd fear his flair players

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is convinced they can stun Manchester United today.

The Toon thumped United 3-0 in the same fixture last season.

Pardew declared: "All my flair players are in good form. Hatem Ben Arfa is playing better than last season. We have massive ­assets in terms of scoring goals.

"I don't think Sir Alex is relishing coming to our place, but he doesn't fear it. Not for one moment. But he does know that at some point he has to come to our stadium and take us on and our fans.

"And after losing to Tottenham this is probably not ideal. We are going to make it as difficult as possible for them.

"But this game is not about Sir Alex or myself. It's about the players ­because both teams are ­coming off Premier League games where we would want to win the next one.

"Sir Alex was buoyed by their ­second half against Tottenham. I think they will take that into our game.

"I don' t think their confidence levels will be as hurt as they were in January when they came here after losing to Blackburn.

"But win, lose or draw we will share a bottle of wine afterwards."

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