As the fall-out from the Boxing Day shoot-out at Old Trafford intensifies, Sir Alex Ferguson has ramped up the heat in further meetings between the clubs: "I am the manager of the most famous club in the world. I am not like Newcastle, a wee club in the north east." (Via BBC)
Wee club in the north east?
Fans don't boo bad players, and his panicked reaction to Danny Simpson’s shot being turned over his own line by Jonny Evans must have brought back memories of another goal versus Newcastle he disputed.
Namely, the first of five in a 5-0 hammering he received off Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle in 1996.
It has only been 11 months since his team were last mauled by the Geordies, and if Newcastle are to draw Manchester United in the later rounds of The FA Cup, then fireworks are promised.
Here’s some beatings Newcastle have given Fergie's team to jog the septuagenarian's memory about Newcastle's true stature.
Perhaps Ferguson's horrendous haranguing of referee Mike Dean was based on this result.
Before he was Sir Alex, one of the most lauded managers on Planet Football, his Old Trafford future was far from secure, and defeats like this had some fans chanting "Fergie Out."
Paul Goddard scored the winner for the 10-man home side to equal a club record of scoring in seven consecutive games.
Glenn Roeder scored the winning goal against Alex Ferguson's men in his first full season in charge of the Old Trafford club in another Boxing Day encounter.
Wednesday's goal brought back memories when defeats to Newcastle like this denied him winning his first title as Man U finished second to Liverpool.
Sir Bobby Robson masterminded this win over a Manchester United that were unbeaten in 11 games in the Premier League, though had just returned from the World Club Championship.
Sir Alex's namesake Duncan smashed in a great 20-yard volley, and Alan Shearer scored a brace to inflict further pain on the club he turned down to join his boyhood heroes.
The late, great Sir Bobby Robson was Newcastle's manager in this one when Newcastle scored the odd goal in seven to defeat Sir Alex's men.
Laurent Robert opened the thriller with a brilliant free-kick, and Robert Lee and Nikos Dabizas notched, as well, before an inevitable late Alan Shearer winner.
October 20, 1996 is a day that has gone down in Newcastle folklore, the greatest victory of Kevin Keegan's swashbuckling, title-chasing Entertainers.
It was the perfect revenge for the 4-0 defeat in the Charity Shield three months earlier, yet the season ended in heartache as Keegan left and Newcastle finished runner-up.
Darren Peacock opened with a header, David Ginola scored from 25 yards out and Ferdinand and Shearer grabbed obligatory goals before a sublime Philippe Albert chip over the stranded Schmeichel put the icing on the cake.
Newcastle announced their arrival back in the big-time with a resounding 3-0 win at St. James' Park.
Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba, who opened the scoring, were unplayable, and completely dominated the Man U defence.
Yohan Cabaye scored a special free-kick and Phil Jones has never been the same player after scoring an own goal to complete the rout in front of the Gallowgate.
Sir Alex's first trophy at Old Trafford was a cup and an Alan Pardew fired up by Fergie's comments may make the second half of the 2012-13 season very interesting for Newcastle.