premier League, january 4 2012
Jones (90 og)
Alan Pardew and Newcastle were dreaming of qualification for the Champions League midway through 2011/12 when they hosted the Premier League title-chasing Manchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson, at St James’ Park. United, three points behind first-placed Manchester City, needed a win to keep pace with their rivals.
Newcastle duly dented United’s championship chances with a breathtaking 3-0 victory that featured goals from Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and visiting defender Phil Jones. United would go on to lose the title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season, while Pardew and Newcastle finished fifth – still their highest league finish 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.
Author: Tony Hodson