3/30/2012 10:43:33 AM
The Red Devils earned a 1-1 draw against Rovers last May to clinch a 19th
title in England's top flight and spark a slew of celebrations at Ewood Park.
Phil Jones was wearing a Blackburn shirt that day, and he acknowledged that
those celebrations helped convince him to join United during the summer.
"[The scenes at Blackburn last season] are exactly why I left," he told
Manchester United's website. "I have fond memories from my time at Blackburn
and there are some wonderful people at the club. But I wanted to win trophies
and become part of a team with a massive history, which United have.
"To lift that trophy at the end of the season would be a wonderful achievement
United are on pace to do just that, leading the English Premier League on 73
points with eight games remaining.
Blackburn, meanwhile, has been at the opposite end of table for much of the
season, battling relegation. Manager Steve Kean has been the hot seat for some
time, but the club has stuck by him despite protests from Rovers supporters.
That decision may pay dividends as the club enters the weekend in a safe
position, but it still sits only three points clear of danger.
Monday's tilt against the reigning champions could prove to be pivotal for
Blackburn depending on the result a relegation six-pointer on Saturday.
Wolverhampton, having lost its last four league games, sits bottom of the
league on 22 points. Bolton has won two straight to pull slightly away from
the relegation zone as the Trotters sit one point clear of danger. The two
sides will meet in massive clash at Molineux that could leave a much clearer
relegation picture come Sunday.
Elsewhere on Saturday's relegation front, Wigan welcomes Stoke City to the DW
Stadium while QPR faces a massive test against surging Arsenal at Loftus Road.
Second-place Manchester City will hope to apply some additional pressure to
the Premier League leaders on Saturday when the Citizens host Sunderland at
the Etihad. Roberto Mancini's men will be looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat at
the Stadium of Light earlier in the year.
Also on Saturday, Aston Villa hosts Chelsea at Villa Park, Everton welcomes
West Bromwich to Goodison Park, and Norwich City heads to Craven Cottage to
Two very interesting ties are slated for Sunday's Premier League action.
Sixth-place Newcastle welcomes seventh-place Liverpool to SportsDirect Arena,
while fourth-place Tottenham looks to add distance between fifth-place Chelsea
when Spurs host Welsh side Swansea City.