Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho didn't waste any time kicking of the mind games regarding his team's FA Cup meeting with Chelsea, saying his former club will have the advantage in preparing for the quarter-final tie.
With the game locked at 1-1, following goals to Danny Graham and Marcus Rashford, Mourinho introduced Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to the fray.
"I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League", said Mourinho, whose side plays Saint-Etienne in the Europa League and Southampton in the League Cup final over the next week.
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Rooney and Carrick missed Thursday's Europa League tie against St Etienne with minor muscular injuries, with Mkhitaryan absent from the last-32 first leg through illness. The fifth round triumph sets them up to take on Chelsea FC, the current leaders of the Premier League, in what will be the marquee fixture in the round of eight.
"The match is in one month's time".
As a young boy, the 22 year old supported the Red Devils, but says his allegiance has changed since making the move to England "When it comes down to Blackburn or Manchester United I'm a Blackburn fan end of, and I want Blackburn to win".
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That United do not have a replay to add to their schedule is down to Mourinho's decison, shortly after an hour's play, to send for Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic. And with 15 minutes to play the pair connected for the victor. One more goal, one less goal, but I knew the contribution would be massive. "Now we're starting to see him do it at Manchester United", Scholes told BT Sport.
Blackburn thought they had scrambled a late equaliser when Anthony Stokes poked the ball home but a linesman's flag cut short the celebrations. So many games have not gone to the favourites. It will be a great atmosphere, especially here at home, and I imagine it will pretty much be a sell-out.
For Rovers boss Owen Coyle, the game was a chance to forget about his side's relegation battle.
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"Obviously we went to Anfield and got a draw and when we got them back to Ewood it was an incredible atmosphere", he said. We had to play well and with good attitude.