Premier League

Ewood Park

Monday, April 2. Kick-off: 2000


Blackburn manager Steve Kean has named the same side for the last two games - of which Rovers have won both - and could be afforded that luxury again tonight.

Defender Gael Givet is the only doubt for Kean, as the Frenchman battles to overcome a hamstring injury.

Rio Ferdinand could return for Manchester United after recovering from a back injury that forced him to miss last week's 1-0 win over Fulham.

Luis Nani has still not recovered from an ankle problem.


Giggs wary of Rovers threat


Ryan Giggs has faced Blackburn Rovers enough over the years to know that Ewood Park is a difficult place to play, and realises that Monday night will be no different.

United can extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points with victory over Rovers, but the latter will provide a stern examination as they fight for survival.

The 19-time league champions have struggled at Ewood Park over the years, and have won only twice in their last 11 visits to Blackburn.

However, last year's encounter saw United gain the point they needed to secure the league title, and Giggs hope these happy memories will inspire them to similar success this season.

"It’s always been a tough place to go for us," Giggs told the official Manchester United website.

"It’s like a mini-local derby. We always take good numbers there but that just seems to lift the Blackburn fans, who are always up for it.

"On a few occasions down the years we’ve not played very well there and we’ve had one or two players sent off at Ewood Park as well.

"It’s just been a tricky place to go, although we do have good memories of going there from last season when we won the league at Blackburn."

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