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Blackpool Vs Manchester United, Sat 4 Dec 2010

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has no intention of compromising his attacking beliefs even though he fears embarrassment against Manchester United.

Holloway says seeing the Barclays Premier League leaders run out at Bloomfield Road will mark one of his proudest days as a manager.

He knows how quickly such afternoons can turn sour - after heavy defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea earlier this season - but he remains unfazed.

Blackpool's bold approach in their first season of top-flight football for 39 years has brought numerous plaudits and Holloway will not abandon his successful formula.

Holloway said: "I'm pretty proud to be playing one of the best teams in the world.

"And it is fantastic for the fans - this season belongs to them, they have been waiting long enough.

"I think this game is what everyone was looking for.

"All we want to do is go out there, not get caught in the occasion or disgrace ourselves - give a good account of ourselves and impose our game on them, if at all possible.

"The only way I can think of stopping them is to try to attack.

"I don't think we know anything different.

"It will be difficult - they might gobble us up. They might break on us and do all kinds of damage.

"But we'll have to see if we can do it. Hopefully we won't embarrass ourselves."

Blackpool, who do not have undersoil heating, have had their pitch under cover this week in the hope of ensuring the televised evening clash goes ahead.

Ghana international Richard Kingson will continue to deputise in goal for the injured Matt Gilks, a bang to the knee in last week's draw at Bolton not being serious.

Midfielder Chris Basham is facing a lengthy lay-off having broken his leg in the reserves last week while striker Marlon Harewood (torn hamstring) is still out.

Veteran United midfielder Paul Scholes is doubtful because of a groin injury.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be tempted to name the team that hammered Blackburn 7-1 after making 10 changes in midweek when they lost to West Ham in the Carling Cup.

Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher will both come into contention after recovering from their recent injuries.

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