pre-match conference saying, “It just shows you how things can change when you dig in and don't let things get to you.”
Junior Hoilett has been the stand-out player for Blackburn of late with three goals in his last three starts, including a coolly-taken pair away at Wolves. Despite being only 21, the Canadian has started 26 of the Rovers’ 30 league games so far this season.
"We know it will be a tough task but it will be a good atmosphere and we’ll be positive from the start." - Steve Kean weighs up the chances of Blackburn doing a league double over United.
The Reds owe Rovers one after the New Year's Eve defeat spoiled Sir Alex’s 70th birthday celebrations but the bigger picture is that chase for the club's 20th league title. Blackburn's league placing is also a pressing concern - they are just three points clear of the drop zone after losing to relegation rivals Bolton in last Saturday's derby.
Howard Webb will be in charge on Monday. The South Yorkshireman, who last refereed United in the 3-3 draw with Chelsea, was widely commended for the way he handled Fabrice Muamba's collapse during the recent Spurs-Bolton match.
Manchester City's shock 3-3 home draw with Sunderland means United will go five points clear at the top, with the same number of games played, if victory can be achieved at Ewood Park.