Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he is wary of a 'dangerous' Robin van Persie as his side prepare to host Manchester United on Sunday.
The two sides last faced each other on Tyneside on January 4th when Sir Alex Ferguson's men left on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline having been comprehensively beaten.
They have gone some of the way towards making amends since with a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Pardew's team at Old Trafford last month, but they will head to the north-east determined to return with three points.
Both sides have defensive injury problems, and that - coupled with the riches the two managers have at their disposal in attack - suggests it could be an entertaining encounter.
The Magpies' Demba Ba already has six goals to his name this season, while United's flying Dutchman Van Persie has seven, and Pardew sees similarities between the two.
He said: "Van Persie's confidence levels set him apart at the moment. He is one of those players who actually believes he's the best, and that's dangerous.
"Usually even when things are not going well and they are missing chances, they still think they are going to score.
"Demba is a little bit like that - he has that kind of attitude. There will be great strikers on view on Sunday, for sure.
"There will be so much ability on the pitch, you can't help but think there are going to be some great moments in the game - hopefully more for us than them."
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