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Pardew: Pressure Is On United

19 May 2016

Alan Pardew is expecting Manchester United to dominate possession at Wembley, but has backed his Crystal Palace side to play to their strengths and look to hurt the Red Devils during Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Final.

"They keep the ball really well. We're going to have to be patient at times," he said during his pre-match press conference. "We are going to be the side that needs to fight that bit harder to win, I don't think there's any doubt about that.

"We have got areas of the pitch where I think we're slightly superior and we've got to make those areas count," he added.

The manager also discussed the history of the two sides when asked who the pressure was on for Saturday's game, insisting that United's rich history meant that the onus would be on them, rather than Palace who have not enjoyed anywhere near the success of the Red Devils.

"I think the pressure is on them all the time because it's Manchester United," he said. "It's a historical club, they have their famous colours and the history, the iconic names that you would associate with Manchester United that we haven't got - George Best, Bobby Charlton, etcetera. We don't have them associated with our football club, your Alex Fergusons, so it's a different history that they take into the game.

"The history we take into the game is one final which we lost, so this team, this group of players, have got the opportunity to put something permanent there and that is the first major trophy for Crystal Palace Football Club."

To watch the manager's full pre-match press conference CLICK HERE.

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