Kean sides with Fergie over United's favourable refereeing decisions defence
17:40 GMT, 29 March 2012
Blackburn boss Steve Kean has backed up his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson in his assertion that the Barclays Premier League leaders do not enjoy preferential treatment from referees.
Manchester City's football development executive Patrick Vieira ramped up his war of words with United yesterday by claiming that United, along with the biggest clubs in Spain and Italy, are given favourable decisions on home soil.
Vieira's comments came after referee Michael Oliver failed to award a penalty for an apparent foul by Michael Carrick on Danny Murphy in United's 1-0 victory over Fulham on Monday.
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Ferguson argued decisions even themselves out over a season, and Kean, whose side were put on their way to a stunning 3-2 win at Old Trafford in December by a penalty from Aiyegbeni Yakubu, agrees.
He said: 'There's been occasions this season where you get a decision and sometimes you don't. I believe they do even themselves out. I've always trusted the total integrity of referees, they can only give a decision the way they see it.
'We managed to get a penalty, which I thought it was, at Old Trafford. We didn't manage to get one on Saturday at Bolton, which I thought was as well.
'Sometimes referees could be in slightly better positions. When we had a decision that went against us at Norwich, when you look at the position the referee was in, it looked as though it was a deliberate handball.
'But we've always got the beauty of seeing it in high definition, six or seven different angles, frame by frame. I think the referees give what they see and I would never question that.'
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Blackburn meet United for the second time this season on Monday when Ferguson's side travel to Ewood Park, and a repeat of their New Year's Eve heroics would be very timely after defeat by Bolton brought them back within reach of the bottom three.
Rovers are still the best placed of the five strugglers to get out of trouble but, if results do not go their way over the weekend, they could find themselves back in the relegation zone by the time they kick off against United.
The departure of players such as Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen has left Blackburn with a young squad, and they were this week linked with a summer move for France international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac from Marseille.
Kean failed in his bid to bring in an experienced frontman in January, instead taking Anthony Modeste on loan from Bordeaux, but the Frenchman has not featured for almost two months and is yet to score a goal for Rovers.
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Kean stopped short of confirming interest in Gignac, saying only: 'I'm an admirer of any good players, and he's a very good player.'
Of his search for a striker to complement the goals of Yakubu, he added: 'We tried in the last window and it was quite frustrating. We wanted an experienced striker but we didn't manager to get one.
'We managed to get a younger one in Anthony Modeste, who we took on loan, and we'll keep looking. We're always trying to improve.
'There's a number of players that are on the radar. We've got a very good network of scouts that flag up players in certain positions.'