The Toon go to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Pardew said; "I think everybody knew that the first person to follow Alex, it was going to be very, very difficult.
"But he's a strong man and I think he can handle it, and there's a long, long way to go.
"I think they had gone 12 games unbeaten up until that game, so it's not as if there's a crisis there.
"They have lost a game, which as I say, anybody can do in the Premier League at the moment.
"Their reaction is going to be a little bit larger than ours, so there's going to be a little bit of pressure on them and we have got to try to capitalise on that and make it difficult for them."
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