Last updated : 09 January 2003 By Editor
Keano on the official site: “You’re always confident. It’s 50-50 between the two teams. Blackburn have done very well, especially recently in the last three or four weeks. Their players look very sharp and they came to Old Trafford and played very well, you’ve got to give them credit for that. It’s all to play for now.”
Meanwhile Phil has this to say: "You have to try and use home advantage in two-legged ties but at least we live to fight another day. If Blackburn had gone home with a defeat they would have been very disappointed because we weren't as fluent as we have been in recent games and they passed the ball better than we did. They have gone to other top teams in the past and acquitted themselves well but we are only 90 minutes from Cardiff and the tie is still in the balance. Not many of us have played in a Worthington Cup final and we are all desperate to get there.”

"Ewood Park is a difficult place to go, especially with Blackburn being in the kind of form they are at the moment. "

Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke are always a threat even when they aren't getting many chances and our centre-halves did really well against them, Rio Ferdinand in particular."