The Magpies manager believes his team showed too much caution in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, and is hoping for a more positive display against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side
The Magpies fell to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Friday, and Pardew has conceded his side need to move away from their negative approach against a Red Devils side reeling from a 3-2 loss at home to Blackburn on New Year's Eve.
“I thought at times against Liverpool we were slightly negative in our thinking,” he told talkSPORT. “We took a safer pass rather than maybe a riskier pass.
"We’ve touched on that a little bit and hopefully we will see the players being a little bit more positive and a little bit more threatening to Manchester United than Liverpool.
“I think the United side we are going to face is going to be the side that beat Wigan recently and Fulham. They have been on song and it was only a blip at Blackburn.
“We have to say they are in a good shape but we are in good shape. I don’t think we did a lot wrong at Liverpool and we got a win at Bolton so we’re not in a bad place ourselves and we need to take that into the game. It’s very important you’re positive against the big teams.”
Despite an impressive start to the campaign, Pardew’s side have struggled in recent weeks, managing to win just one of their last seven Premier League matches.