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Alan Pardew admits regret over infamous FA Cup final dance against Man Utd

Alan Pardew has admitted he regrets his infamous celebratory dance while managing Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup final.

The Eagles were taking on Manchester United at Wembley and stunned the favourites by taking the lead through substitute Jason Puncheon in the 78th minute.

Reacting to the goal, Pardew turned to the nearest TV camera and started performing a cringeworthy dance move.

Awkwardly, Palace were unable to hold on to their lead as United equalised two minutes later through Juan Mata before Jesse Lingard scored the winner in extra time.

Speaking in the latest edition of FourFourTwo magazine, Pardew discussed his tactical setup on the day and how close the team came to a first major trophy.

Pardew discusses his infamous dance in the latest edition of FourFourTwo

“That run to the cup final was fantastic,” he said. “But then I had to make the awful decision to put Jason Puncheon on the bench.

“He was so disappointed, but I don’t think he realised I was too. I love him as a person, but we wanted to counteract something in Manchester United’s team.

“I said, like all managers would, ‘You’ll come on – go and show me when you get on.’ When he put us 1-0 up, that was the moment.”

The match was only Palace’s second ever appearance in a major final having previously lost in the same competition also against Manchester United in 1990.

Pardew has unfortunately suffered double disappointment as he was actually playing for the Eagles in that 1-0 replay defeat at Wembley.

Regarding his reaction on the touchline 26 years later, Pardew confesses that he wishes he had restrained himself and is anxious about the fact the dance hasn’t been forgotten.

“I regret the dance,” he added. “My daughter had said, ‘There’s this new dance’, and that must have been in my head!

“I should never have done it – people remember it, unfortunately – but it was a brilliant moment for Punch, and I’d felt for him.”

This month’s FourFourTwo is in shops on Wednesday, April 7 and has a 10 page interview with Manchester United forward Bruno Fernandes. Also in this issue, The Football League Top 50, an interview with Leeds star Raphinha and former Spurs star Steven Caulker opens up. For a special Reach subscription offer of three issues of FourFourTwo for £3: www.magazinesdirect.com/fft/81av




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