Photography by Philip Haynes

Premier League, January 4 2012

Newcastle 3
  • Ba (33)
  • Cabaye (47)
  • Jones (90 og)
Manchester United 0

Alan Pardew and Newcastle were dreaming of qualification for the Champions League midway during 2011/12 when they hosted the Premier League title-chasing Manchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson, at St James’ Park on a blustery January evening. United, three points behind first-placed Manchester City, needed a win to keep pace with their rivals.

What unfolded was Newcastle severely undermining United’s pursuit of the title, and in breathtaking fashion, with a 3-0 victory that contributed to them securing a fifth-placed finish that remains their finest in the Premier League since 2003, and the days of Sir Bobby Robson. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Pardew revisits how he set his team up to so resoundingly beat the reigning champions, and the weaknesses they targeted in Ferguson’s starting XI.

Starting teams and formations

Alan Pardew

A Black and White Affair

Newcastle United almost qualified for the Champions League when Alan Pardew was in charge. Their former manager revisits his time on Tyneside
Robbie Elliott

Sir Bobby

Sir Bobby Robson’s former player at Newcastle, Robbie Elliott, explains the significant impression the former England manager left on all he coached
Alan Pardew

Making the grade

Former West Ham manager Alan Pardew exclusively revisits the journey that has taken him from non-league to ADO Den Haag and Eredivisie