Alan Pardew has praised Manchester United's steady improvement over the course of the 2015-16 season, stating that they have more energy about their side now compared to the beginning of the campaign.
"Defensively we've been very, very sound and we need to take that to Man United, because there's just a bit more energy in that side than there was in the first half of the season. They've picked up and we need to be ready for them," he said.
"I think they've steadily improved during the season. I think the manager there comes in for a tough agenda from the media - it always is at Man United - and every time he's tried to face it with honesty, you have to admire him for that.
"I can only look at him from a professional point of view and I think his team's improved. As a manager that's what you're looking for: an improvement in your team.
"It's going to be two teams who have got a good feeling about themselves," he added.
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