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Friday 23 June 2017

Mourinho drives on

United boss travels to Ewood Park with real momentum

Darragh Lenihan. Pic: PA
Darragh Lenihan. Pic: PA

Jose Mourinho's will not throw away the chance of FA Cup glory by fielding a reduced side at Ewood Park against Championship strugglers Blackburn.

"I don't throw it away. If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better or because we didn't play well but I am not going to throw it away," he said.

"We go to Blackburn with that respect. We played already Reading and Wigan from the Championship so the level is not new for us. Plus, it's one thing at Old Trafford but another thing when you go away.

"So I go serious. Am I going to repeat this team (against St Etienne)? No. I'm going to change a few players obviously.

"But I'm going with a good team and I respect the competition a lot. Man United demands that you go serious to every game."

Into that narrative steps Meathman Darragh Lenihan (inset) who is praying that his struggling Blackburn side can beat the team he supported as a boy.

"I was a United fan growing up so it will be good to play against them," says Dunboyne native Lenihan.

"We know we all have to be at our best, it will be a very tough game, but we have seen shocks in the FA Cup already so maybe there's time for one more.

"Tomorrow we will be up against world class players, the likes of Ibrahimovic and Pogba - if they are selected. Every single player in their squad is world class."

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