Stick behind David Moyes, says Pardew
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew urged Manchester United's hierarchy and supporters to stand behind under-pressure manager David Moyes after the Magpies left Old Trafford with a 1-0 win on Saturday.
After overseeing Newcastle's first victory at the Theatre of Dreams in 41 years, he suggested the increasing tension around results should not cast any doubts over Moyes' future at the club. After the match, the United boss said the club were in a "transitional period."
"I think it is a difficult time for David and the club, but he is a great manager," Pardew told the BBC. "He has earned the right to be here, and we should not forget that.
"It is very important that the fans and the board stick with him. He has proven he will be great for this football club. It is a sticky day -- we all have them as manager. David is big enough to stand up to that, and I wish him well in the next few games."
While Pardew accepted that the post-match headlines would be dominated by Moyes, who suffered his second successive home league defeat, the Premier League Manager of the Month for November said he hoped his side would receive the plaudits their efforts deserved.
"This is a great day for our football club," he said. "We came here to take on United, to try to win. We never contemplated a draw. There was a real strong feeling in our dressing room that we could come here and win.
"It was a blow to them not to have [Wayne] Rooney playing, but we defended very, very well and made it very difficult for them.
"It's no surprise to me that we can add to the list of top teams we have done well against this season. Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and now Man United. We showed today that we can change our tactics to win, and that makes us dangerous.
"I had contributions from everyone today and the biggest heroes for us were our fans down in the far corner there. They have waited 41 years for this victory."
However, Pardew stressed that he did not believe his side should be considered serious contenders for a top-four finish, explaining: "We have to eradicate the kind of performance we had at Swansea [a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday], and I can take some of the blame for that.
"I need to use my squad a bit better. I have good players here, and I should be confident to use them."