Date:24th November 2011 at 7:14pm
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Manchester United face a stern test on Saturday when they host Newcastle United in a bid to reduce Man City’s five points lead before Liverpool entertain the league leaders at Anfield on Sunday.

Ahead of the game at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he has huge respect for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew and has always rated him despite him not always getting fair treatment as a manager.

Sir Alex said

“I’ve always respected Alan Pardew, I’ve always rated him.

“I think he was unfairly treated at West Ham and at Southampton, it was ridiculous actually.

“He took West Ham to the FA Cup final and was one minute away from winning the Cup. He was so unlucky.”

Alan Pardew was appointed at St. James Park last year after Southampton sacked him in 2009 and has transformed Newcastle United.

His side were unbeaten in the Premier League until last weekend when Premier League leaders Manchester City took all three points from them in a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Sir Alex added,

“Alan’s done a great job at Newcastle.

“He’s galvanised them and got them fighting for each other.

“I watched their recent 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham and it was a great game, end to end, with both teams trying to win.

“There was a really good attitude among both sets of players. They were fighting for every ball.

“When you’ve got a Newcastle team doing that, with their great support behind them, you know you’re going to get a difficult game.”