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"Blackburn have already shown they can trouble United and I think, of all the games left on the path to the Manchester derby, this could be the toughest for United."

- Martin Tyler, Sky Sports 

30/03/2012 09:11
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Run-in pundits: Martin Tyler

ManUtd.com has assembled a team of experts to dissect the title race before each round of fixtures. This week, it's the turn of Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler to give us his thoughts...

I'm already preparing for the Blackburn-United game as I'm commentating on it for Sky Sports. So I'm thinking about it a lot and last year was a special occasion, a really happy one for both sides as United won the title and Blackburn picked up a vital point.

The perception after the match was that both sides rather settled for a point, which was a surprise as we thought Blackburn would go for it because they might need the extra points to avoid relegation. But Steve Kean was very happy with the draw afterwards and United went home as champions.

Here we are, at the same ground, a month earlier than last year but with the same issues. Blackburn are looking to get something to help them stay up and I'm sure it'll be tough for United. Blackburn regularly raise their game - the 4-3 match with David Bentley's hat-trick was not so long ago and this year there's a chance for them to do the double over United after what happened on New Year's Eve at Old Trafford.

So Blackburn have already shown they can trouble United and I think, of all the games left on the path to the Manchester derby, this could be the toughest for Sir Alex's side.

The Reds will be taking a lot of fans to Ewood Park and while supporters always play a massive part at football they really matter and can make the difference in these games. Certainly, even the most experienced players tell you the fans can give them a little bit of extra edge and belief and what us commentators really want is good noise from both ends.

Some of the hardest games involve trying to be really excited about a great goal scored when there are only 500 people backing it. It's hard to throw your voice into it like you would if United get a memorable moment at Blackburn, for instance.

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