Alan Pardew regrets doing his famous dance against Manchester United

Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, has admitted his regret for his famous dance that went viral in the FA Cup final against Manchester United back in 2016.

Palace substitute Jason Puncheon had put the Eagles ahead in the 78th minute, and Pardew did an infamous dance that came to haunt him few minutes later, he turned around in front of a TV camera to do a weird dance.

Juan Mata scored the equaliser for Manchester United two minutes later, and an extra time goal from Jesse Lingard sealed the victory.

Pardew regrets two things from that defeat — taking off Puncheon after his goal as a substitute and for doing that dance.

“That run to the cup final was fantastic,” he said in the latest edition of FourFourTwo magazine. “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.”

“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.”

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