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29/12/2011 13:00 , Adam Marshall
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Utd v Blackburn preview

United strive to finish 2011 with a bang...

Date, time, and coverage
Saturday 31 December, 12:45 GMT kick-off. Live on ESPN. Also follow live on with text and radio commentary.

Form guide 
The Boxing Day battering of Wigan made it five wins out of five for the Reds in the Barclays Premier League in December, with only one goal conceded. A sixth straight success on the final day of the year would take the champions to the top of the table. Three 2-1 defeats - to Sunderland, West Brom and, most detrimentally, Bolton, had piled the pressure on manager Steve Kean. However, an excellent draw at Liverpool last time out showed there's still fight in the strugglers.

Ins and outs
Sir Alex hopes Rio Ferdinand and Phil Jones will return to give a more familiar look to the defence but Jonny Evans is expected to be sidelined. There's still a lengthy injury list that includes the likes of Chris Smalling, Anderson, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen and Tom Cleverley but the boss has plenty of options in attack with Dimitar Berbatov staking his claim and Wayne Rooney likely to play after starting on the bench against Wigan. Blackburn have their own problems but Martin Olsson has an outside chance of returning, even if Gael Givet is still out. David Dunn and Junior Hoillett joined the 10-strong list of casualties but both could have fitness tests on hamstring injuries. Mark Bunn deputised for Paul Robinson with a man-of-the-match display at Anfield.

Last meeting
United have fond memories of last term's encounters with Rovers, having followed up a 7-1 annihilation at Old Trafford, Berbatov scoring five times, with a 1-1 draw that clinched the title at Ewood Park in May. Wayne Rooney's penalty cancelled out Brett Emerton's opener to spark

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