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Past Record A Worry

Blackburn (from): Friedel, Neill, Khizanishvili, Nelsen, Matteo, Bentley, Tugay, Savage, Pedersen, Dickov, Kuqi, Enckelman, Emerton, Bellamy, Thompson, Gray, Peter, Johnson, Gresko, Todd, Reid.

Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Howard, Neville, Bardsley, Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Evra, O'Shea, Richardson, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Smith, Scholes, Giggs, Van Nistelrooy, Saha, Rooney, Rossi, Solskjaer.



United defeated Blackburn at the same stage of the competition three seasons ago but their recent record against Rovers is not good.

The Red Devils have not scored a victory over the Lancashire outfit in four attempts, Mark Hughes is unbeaten in two outings against his former club since replacing Graeme Souness as manager and Rovers have already beaten United at Old Trafford this season, Morten Gamst Pedersen netting the late winner in September.

Ferguson recognises the danger, although he believes his own side have contributed to their downfall by failing to take their chances, a problem he insists has been rectified since the sides' last meeting.

Ferguson: 'Blackburn are a hard team to play against. Mark Hughes revitalised them when he joined the club last year. He arrived at just the right time and you have to give him a lot of credit for the work he has done there.

'He added to his squad in the summer by bringing Craig Bellamy in and lads like Pedersen, Robbie Savage and Ryan Nelsen are all improving in their second season there.

'They have got better as those players have developed and they are in good form at the moment.

'But we have missed a lot of chances in our last few games against them. Brad Friedel must have made about 14 superb saves when we drew with them at Blackburn last season and it was the same story at Old Trafford this year.

'Our recent goalscoring ratio suggests we are starting to get to grips with that problem now, so hopefully we will get the right mix tomorrow and the right result.'

PREMIERSHIP HISTORY


2005/2006 Sat 24 Sep Man Utd. 1 - 2 Blackburn R. Premiership

2004/2005 Sat 02 Apr Man Utd. 0 - 0 Blackburn R. Premiership
Sat 28 Aug Blackburn R. 1 - 1 Man Utd. Premiership

2003/2004 Sat 01 May Blackburn R. 1 - 0 Man Utd. Premiership
Sat 22 Nov Man Utd. 2 - 1 Blackburn R. Premiership

2002/2003 Sat 19 Apr Man Utd. 3 - 1 Blackburn R. Premiership
Wed 22 Jan Blackburn R. 1 - 3 Man Utd. League Cup
Manchester United won 4-2 on aggregate
Tue 07 Jan Man Utd. 1 - 1 Blackburn R. League Cup
Sun 22 Dec Blackburn R. 1 - 0 Man Utd. Premiership

2001/2002 Sat 19 Jan Man Utd. 2 - 1 Blackburn R. Premiership
Wed 22 Aug Blackburn R. 2 - 2 Man Utd. Premiership

1998/1999 Wed 12 May Blackburn R. 0 - 0 Man Utd. Premiership
Sat 14 Nov Man Utd. 3 - 2 Blackburn R. Premiership

1997/1998 Mon 06 Apr Blackburn R. 1 - 3 Man Utd. Premiership
Sun 30 Nov Man Utd. 4 - 0 Blackburn R. Premiership

1996/1997 Sat 12 Apr Blackburn R. 2 - 3 Man Utd. Premiership
Sun 25 Aug Man Utd. 2 - 2 Blackburn R. Premiership

1995/1996 Sat 10 Feb Man Utd. 1 - 0 Blackburn R. Premiership
Mon 28 Aug Blackburn R. 1 - 2 Man Utd. Premiership

1994/1995 Sun 22 Jan Man Utd. 1 - 0 Blackburn R. Premiership
Sun 23 Oct Blackburn R. 2 - 4 Man Utd. Premiership

1993/1994 Sat 02 Apr Blackburn R. 2 - 0 Man Utd. Premiership
Sun 26 Dec Man Utd. 1 - 1 Blackburn R. Premiership

1992/1993 Mon 03 May Man Utd. 3 - 1 Blackburn R. Premiership
Sat 24 Oct Blackburn R. 0 - 0 Man Utd. Premiership




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Date:Wednesday January 11 2006

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