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Manchester United: Sir Alex is one angry man ahead of Newcastle clash

Manchester United's boss Sir Alex Ferguson was angry with a challenge on Robin Van Persie in the 1-1 draw at Swansea quoted as say Van Persie was "lucky to be alive" and called for Ashley Williams to be banned but Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned Sir Alex there will be two angry managers in the dug-outs ahead of the Boxing Day game.

The Scot was upset that the leaders dropped two precious points that saw striker van Persie react furiously after being struck in the back of the head by the ball when defender Williams blasted it into him as he lay on the ground.

Ferguson later said that in his opinion that the Dutchman could have been killed in the incident and called for retrospective action to be taken against the defender despite his insistence that it had been accidental.

Sir Alex was not a happy man as he left South Wales, but today's encounter against the Magpies has boss Pardew admitting he is still smarting too despite ending a run of six league defeats in seven attempts with a 1-0 win over QPR on Sunday.

He said: "I'm not happy either. Although we have won, the away form hasn't been great, so there will be two teams with a little bit to prove, two managers smarting a little bit with their teams.

"It will make for a really professional game. Sometimes on Boxing Day, you can get a loose game - I don't think this will be."

The Van Persie incident understandably made headlines, although Pardew believes Ferguson's outspoken comments were made in the heat of the moment as boss Roberto Martinez said Ashley Williams is not a "nasty footballer".

Pardew continued "Retrospective action is important because as we saw with [Everton's Marouane] Fellaini the other day at Stoke, children shouldn't be seeing incidents like that on TV.

"I think the one with Van Persie was perhaps not as bad as Alex at first imagined. Sometimes from the sideline, it looks a lot worse at the time.

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