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|October 31, 2009 - 11:30pm(GMT+6:00)||England Premier League||Live|
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They both lost in the league last weekend against a team from the big four. They both won earlier this week in the Carling Cup. They both scored as much goals on Tuesday as they conceded in their last Premier League matches.
Who will finish on top when they clash together in Saturday’s late kick off game at Old Trafford?
Manchester United analysis
After losing 2-0 to Liverpool last Sunday, the Red Devils could redeem their pride, hope, and confidence with a home victory against Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers.
At the top of the English Premier League’s table, the race is tight as Chelsea atop the standings with 24 points, followed by Manchester United who have 22.
And if Arsenal only have 19 points, the Red Devils must remember that the Gunners, who have a game in hand, also have the edge in terms of goal difference.
Beating Blackburn Rovers is the only thing that Sir Alex Ferguson will want after losing the first spot to rivals Chelsea.
The manager, who could be banned from staying on the touch line against Rovers, will expect a better display from his players and from his defenders especially.
According to reports, veteran Rio Ferdinand would be dropped out from Manchester United’s squad after a series of underperformance for the Red Devils and England as well.
Meanwhile, Michael Owen could have the chance to score in two consecutive games for his side if the coach decides to play him on Saturday.
Owen was in fine form during the week as he netted a decisive goal to round up Manchester United’s victory in the Carling Cup.
Other available first team players are expected to play at their best after getting a rest during the week, since the team that featured against Barnsley in the cup was almost a reserve side.
Blackburn Rovers analysis
Blackburn’s run in the Premier League is poor and they’ve stumbled against all the teams from the big four that they’ve met so far.
Their trips to the Emirates and to the Bridge ended in a real nightmare. A 6-2 defeat against Arsenal and a 5-0 loss against Chelsea simply showed how helpless Blackburn are against great opposition forces.
However, Blackburn’s 5-2 win in the Carling Cup on Tuesday sends out a message of threat to their upcoming opponents, Manchester United.
Sam Allardyce, who wanted his side to get a respectable result against Chelsea the last time out, might get what he wants on Saturday: a shock at Old Trafford.
Luck and perfect tactics will help his side, Blackburn Rovers, to emulate or do even better than Sunderland who drew against United at Old Trafford earlier in the month.