Manchester United v Blackburn: Match preview


Manchester United v Blackburn
Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford
Saturday, December 31. Kick-off: 1245


Manchester United will have a selection headache in defence, with Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans both missing and Rio Ferdinand's return not a certainty.

However, Phil Jones is likely to start against his former club after overcoming an illness.

For Blackburn, Steve Kean could be without as many as 10 senior players for the early trip to Old Trafford.

David Dunn, Junior Hoilett and Martin Olsson all have hamstring injuries, but could yet face United.


Kean has Ferguson support


Blackburn boss Steve Kean has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for a show of support ahead of Rovers' weekend clash with Manchester United.

Kean is under extreme pressure at Ewood Park as Blackburn sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League, while Rovers fans a desperate to the Scot relieved of his duties.

He has, however, been backed by fellow managers in the top-flight, all who claim Kean deserves more time to prove his managerial capabilities.

Ferguson has been one of those managers to have shown vocal support for Kean, and he also phoned his fellow Glaswegian to offer him some words of wisdom.

"What was said I would rather keep private but it was very encouraging," said Kean.

"For him to take the time out to phone me and give me a message of support shows the stature of the man. I was really impressed."

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