Pardew: United are beatable

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is convinced his side can win the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Pardew, who faced United at Wembley as a Palace player back in 1990, feels the Red Devils are no longer the powerful force they used to be, and believes the Eagles can match the Old Trafford side.

"Our fans want to go to Wembley and win. We want to win. We are not going there to be runners-up," he told reporters.

"As a player in 1990, I thought, 'Oh, we might win this'. But, if I am honest, I didn't think we could win.

"But today, if it all goes our way, I actually think we can win. And this group of Palace players think they can win, too. My team is in a good place right now.

"This group of players have an opportunity to create something permanent – a first major trophy for Crystal Palace.

"It would be good for the club and history for us to win something.

"There's a great camaraderie within the 1990 group. We are all very close friends. That season bonded us.

"But I would have preferred those 1990 friendships to have carried through as winners. And that's the message I'll give to my players now."

The former Southampton manager also highlighted the fact that his counterpart, Louis van Gaal, is feeling the heat in Manchester, after only managing a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League with United this season.

"Louis is feeling that pressure now but he’s big enough to deal with it," added Pardew.

"I admire his resilience. I hope his team turn up and play well for him – but more importantly I hope we win."

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