Date: 20th April 2012 at 3:22pm
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Whilst things are looking bleak for them in the league at the moment, Blackburn manager Steve Kean can take heart in some of their recent performances.

Against Manchester United Blackburn did well to hold out until the 80th minute before finally succumbing to the pressure we applied,  but if they can show that kind of resolve in their final few matches they give themselves a better chance of staying up.

Speaking of Manchester United, Kean has more than a few links with the club and whilst speaking to Yahoo, had some complimentary words for some United players past and present:

Who is the most talented player you have ever worked with?

That is a good question there have been a few, Louis Saha when I was at Fulham, he was a fantastic technician. We had the best of Louis because at that time he never picked up any injuries. When he went to Man Utd for a big fee he then started to pick up a few injuries and that hampered his career a touch, but he was a magnificent player.

Recently I worked with a very good young player who has now moved on to Manchester United, Phil Jones. I think Phil will go to captain England and he has shown that he is not a player that can only play in one position. He can play full-back, centre-back, midfield and when he was here as a young player he actually played up front such was his level of ability. So they are the two that stick out, Louis Saha and Phil Jones.

What do you think Phil Jones’ best position is having worked with him?

Well when he was here he wanted to be a central defender but I think such is his pace and his energy he can play full-back, he can play midfield and bomb into the box. He is that good that he can play anywhere. When he was here he always wanted to be a central defender but it’s a little bit different when you go to Manchester United. If the pathway is blocked a little bit I’m sure you’re just happy to play anywhere if it means you get a game.

Jones will have enjoyed his debut season at Old Trafford, breaking into the England squad as a result of his performances and Kean echos some of football’s great names in his praise of the youngster.

Next season he will look to build on this impressive start to his United career, and further enhance his growing reputation.

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