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Sir Alex Blasts Pardew

Sir Alex Ferguson complains to the officials during the win over Newcastle Photo: Picture: PA

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at his critics, labelling Newcastle a "wee club" and their manager a hypocrit.

Pardew says the Man United boss should have been punished by the FA for confronting referee Mike Dean during United's Boxing Day win over Newcastle.

Ferguson was angry with Dean's decision to allow a Jonny Evans own goal to stand during the 4-3 win at Old Trafford.

But today, he claimed Dean handled the situation with maturity and blasted both the media and Pardew for their reaction.

"I was demonstrative but I was not out of order," he said.

"There was no ranting or raving from me. I was demonstrative. I am always demonstrative. Everyone knows that. I am an emotional guy. That doesn't mean to say I was abusive and I was not out of order.

"The press have had a field day. The only person they have not spoken to is Barack Obama because he is busy,

"The problem for me is that the profile of this club is huge. It is unfortunate but I am the manager of the most famous club in the world. Not Newcastle, a wee club in the north east.

"Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. He is the worst at haranguing referees. He shoves them and makes a joke of it. How he can criticise me is unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him, by the way."

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