Date: 26th November 2005 at 1:50pm
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West Ham manager Alan Pardew says Sir Alex Ferguson will know by the end of the year whether he must dismantle an entire team in the wake of Roy Keane’s departure.

Pardew: ‘I look at them as a young side and with Keane going he is in the process of remodelling another team.

‘He has done that three or four times since he has been there so he is a master of it and I’m sure he is looking very closely now to see who is going to progress with him.

‘The game against us and his next 10 games will tell him what the effects of Keane (leaving) will be and what he needs to do.

‘Teams progress. I always say this to young managers, that if you take a comedian out of your squad somebody else evolves into the comedian.

‘You take a leader out and somebody else takes on that mantle and that is what will happen with United. Whether they will do it as well as Roy Keane who knows, but someone will come to the fore.’