Alan Pardew hails best Newcastle United display since taking charge

Ball nestles in the Manchester United net after Demba Ba's goal
The 3-0 win was the biggest margin against the Red Devils since February 2000

Alan Pardew has said Newcastle United's 3-0 home win against Manchester United was the best performance he has seen as manager of the club.

Pardew took the reins on Tyneside in December 2010 and has steered the Magpies to 16 wins and 15 draws so far.

"I feel everything came together in terms of our discipline and gameplan," Pardew told BBC Newcastle.

"The first win of 2012 is always important, and we did it in a style we could only have dreamed of beforehand."

Victory inflicted back-to-back defeats on the reigning league champions for the first time since March 2011, while in turn returning the Magpies to winning ways after a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool in their previous outing.

It was also the heaviest margin of defeat a Newcastle side had registered against the Red Devils since their 3-0 win in February 2000.

"We were brave," Pardew added.

"You need players to believe in what they're doing, the full-backs pushed in, our midfield went tight on theirs, we left a gap between our midfield and took a risk.

"The front two today caused them a lot of problems, and we made them nervous, and you make any great team nervous and they don't play to their best."

Next up for Pardew's side is a home clash with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, who were victorious in October's Carling Cup fifth round tie between the clubs at Ewood Park.

"We have to make sure we don't get carried away with it, we've got an important game in two days' time," he added.

"The last time we had a quick turnaround like this, we were beaten at Stevenage, so you're never far away from falling on your face at the standard we're at."