Saturday, April 10, 2010

Allardyce: 'Man U's 2nd leading goalscorer is OG'

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce isn't new to controversy but at
least this time I think he's got it right, and who knows he might
succeed in halting Manchester United's trophy ambitions tomorrow at
Ewood Park.

The gaffer is adamant his boys can take advantage of United's midweek
flop in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. Allardyce told
Rovers official website: "We hope there is perhaps some fatigue left
in their team. We don't know what sort of team Sir Alex will put out.
He has some choices and changes he could make if necessary, so we
can't quite second guess the side.

"Some players who played on Wednesday night I'm sure will be playing
on Sunday. So there will be some fatigue both physically and mentally
in those players compared to ours. We've done nothing this week except
to prepare for this game. That gives us, I hope an advantage in that
area that we can try and take advantage of as the game progresses."

The red devils will be travelling to Ewood Park without their
influential hit-man [Wayne Rooney], the striker aggravated an injury
he suffered on his ankle during their Champions League match with
their German counterparts [Bayern Munich] and Allardyce is certain
they can take advantage of the £70m rated star's absence: "It does
help, because when you look at Manchester United's stats this season,
Wayne has scored the vast majority of goals," He added.

To further buttress his point Big Sam concluded by saying: "Their
second leading goalscorer is called OG! They've had 11 own goals this
So there's a big gap lost by Wayne not playing and hopefully that can
be a help for us to try and get a result."