Alan Pardew avoids war of words with Sir Alex

FOR THE FANS ...  Alan Pardew
FOR THE FANS ... Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has refused to get involved in a war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson belitted Newcastle United – and hit out at Pardew – in the aftermath of the league leaders’ 4-3 win at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s manager had launched a verbal attack on referee Mike Dean, his assistant and the fourth official before the second half kicked off on Boxing Day.

The Football Association have said they won’t be taking any action against Sir Alex, who was angry at the decision to allow an own goal from Jonny Evans.

Typically, Ferguson chose to go on the attack in the wake of the incident – labelling Newcastle a “wee club in the North East” and criticising the record of Pardew – handed a touchline ban for a push on a linesman early this season – on respect for officials.

“It’s unfortunate, but I’m the manager of the most famous club in the world – not Newcastle, a wee club in the North East,” said Sir Alex.

“I was not abusive.

“The problem for me is that the profile of this club is huge.

“Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. He is the worst at haranguing referees. He shoves them, and makes a joke of it.”

Pointedly, he added: “How he can criticise me is unbelievable – he forgets the help I gave him, by the way.”

Ferguson’s comments have angered Newcastle, but Pardew was maintaining a dignified silence ahead of this evening’s game against Arsenal at the Emirates