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"I went to see Blackburn v Burnley and I thought Blackburn played very well. They’re always a difficult team to beat and I think Sam has built a different team from Mark Hughes’ Blackburn team."
- Sir Alex Ferguson

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30/10/2009 17:13, Report by Ben Hibbs, Steve Bibby
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Video: Boss eyes tough test

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting a derby atmosphere as Blackburn Rovers make the short trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

"Blackburn is a local derby, and we'll be in for a big test, providing Big Sam has a team to pick what with the swine flu problems he’s had," said the boss. "We’ve not had any problems here, touch wood. Flu does happen and players miss games but fortunately, so far, we’ve been OK."

Rovers may be languishing in 16th spot in the Premier League, but the United boss is still impressed with the job his good friend Sam Allardyce is doing at Ewood Park, and admits he enjoyed Rovers' recent 3-2 derby win over Burnley.

"I went to see Blackburn v Burnley and I thought Blackburn played very well," he said. "They’re always a difficult team to beat and I think Sam has built a different team from Mark Hughes’ Blackburn team.

"Quite a few of them have left – players like David Bentley and Stephen Warnock. Sam’s picked up the thread of what’s left and losing players of that quality isn’t easy but I think they did well against Burnley.

"It was quite a good game. I’d always wanted to see a Blackburn-Burnley game, I admit, but I was a bit disappointed. The police only allowed 2000 Burnley

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