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Chelsea and Arsenal may not be in action this weekend but Man United are and they have the chance to go back to the top of the table, with a win over Blackburn Rovers.

Sir Alex Ferguson has to lift the players after United were knocked out of the Champions League midweek by Bayern Munich. United have won their previous four league and cup games against Blackburn, but a win will be no easy task.

Only one club has beaten Rovers at Ewood Park in 2010 and that was one of United’s title challengers Chelsea.

Last weekend United lost 2-1 to Chelsea, taking the London side to the top of the table. With only five matches remaining and three points separating third and first place, a win for United at Ewood Park is vital.

There have been a total of 107 matches played between the two teams, seeing 31 Blackburn wins, 49 United wins 27 draws.

Blackburn may have their skipper Ryan Nelsen back from a knee injury. Vince Grella Andrews is fit and may play a part in the game. Ryan Nelsen played for Rovers Reserves during the week and came out of the game unscathed so he may also play a Part.

Yildiray Basturk, Lars Jacobsen and Keith Andrews will all under go late fitness tests to see if they are fit and available to play

Man United will be without Wayne Rooney who suffered a reoccurrence of his injury during United’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on last Wednesday. United are also without injured Danny Welbeck, Michael Owen, Wes Brown, Anderson.

Owen Hargreaves still isn’t ready to return to the first team and has not been included in the squad.

The referee tomorrow is Peter Walton; he has refereed 31 games this season showing 79 yellow cards and six red cards. He has officiated four Man United matches this season- two games against Wolves, which both ended 1-0 to United. He was also in charge of the 4-0 win at Upton Park against West Ham and 1-1 draw at Villa Park against Aston Villa.

Walton has refereed three matches involving Rovers. The first was their 6-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates, he also officiated their 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Ewood Park and the 0-0 draw at Upton Park.

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