This Saturday it will be a case of ‘Friends Reunited’ as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew comes face to face with Kevin Friend, the referee who sent him to the stands at the Hull match, setting in motion the seven match ban that the Newcastle manager is currently serving.

Friend is in charge of the Newcastle United v Manchester United clash but will at least be safe from any more histrionics from Pardew, unless he gets really upset and leaps Rambo-like from the stands.

friends reunitedAlan Pardew serves the fifth game of his seven match ban on Saturday and whilst he can’t go on the touchline he will be taking charge of all the preparations both before the match and at half-time.

Matches against Manchester United are often eventful, though rarely in a positive way, so perhaps just as well that Pardew isn’t returning to the dugout this weekend.

Newcastle United haven’t done the double over their visitors since before the second world war.

In other circumstances you would have said Newcastle will never have a better chance of completing this double with the Mancs having little to play for in the league and the match at St.James’ Park sandwiched in between their two Champions League matches against Bayern Munich.

At Alan Pardew’s press conference later today we should get a better idea of who is available for Newcastle, needless to say we will all be praying Loic Remy makes it, though the speculation so far this week makes that sound increasingly unlikely.

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