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Managers react to 'spitting incident' in Newcastle v Man United clash

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans could face an FA probe after an alleged 'spitting incident' during last night's Premier League clash at St James' Park.

Neither John Carver or Louis Van Gaal saw the incident during the game but both managers gave their reaction afterwards.

Manchester United won the game 1-0 with an 89th minute goal from Ashley Young.

Newcastle boss Carver excited by Van Gaal test

Newcastle United boss John Carver is excited at the prospect of going head-to-head with Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal in tomorrow night's Premier League clash.

The Dutchman has vast managerial experience with clubs including Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team.

Carver, who was placed in charge of Newcastle for the remainder of the season, is looking forward to facing Van Gaal in the St James' Park dugout.

Speaking ahead of the match, he said:

It's great when you come up against these top coaches because your preparation work leading up to the game, you watch so many games and you see how he prepares his team in different ways, different styles, different shapes and as a coach that excites you because you want to take certain things from him.

– John Carver, Newcastle United Head Coach

Man United 'not as bad as people think', says Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has defended Manchester United's recent performances, saying they 'are not as bad as people think'.

Louis Van Gaal's side came under criticism after last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Swansea. But speaking ahead of Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, Poyet backed Man United to recover from their recent dip in form.

He said:

I think people are being a little bit harsh on Man United at the moment.

They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position and if they get into the top four there's a few that are going to have to recognise that they've done better than what people expected.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Sunderland won 1-0 at Old Trafford at the end of last season as the Black Cats avoided relegation from the Premier League. But Poyet expects a different encounter this time around. He added:

They were with Ryan Giggs as a caretaker at that moment in time. We were playing for our lives. They were just trying to change a little bit at the end of the season to have something to cheer about. It was a different game.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

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Pardew 'cheered up' by Man United woes

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has said he was "cheered up" after seeing Manchester United draw with Fulham on Sunday.

The Premier League champions were held to a 2-2 draw after Fulham equalised in the 5th minute of stoppage time at Old Trafford. The result leaves David Moyes' team 7th in the table, nine points off Champions League qualification.

Pardew, whose side are just four points behind the champions, said it would be "an achievement" if the Magpies finished above Man United this season.

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