Grella relishing United challenge

21 February 2009 10:33
The 29-year-old Australia midfielder played for Empoli, Parma and Torino - before his £4million transfer to Ewood Park last summer.[LNB]He feels that can only help as Rovers try to end United's 14-match run without conceding a goal in the Premier League.[LNB]"It's a very big challenge, but I've had many of those before in my career," said Grella.[LNB]"I've had to face playing with a smaller team than Blackburn against the likes of AC Milan at the San Siro - and I've beaten them.[LNB]"I've played against Inter Milan another year with Empoli and beat them.[LNB]"Going into those games everyone probably thought 'Here we go again, another 4-0' - but we beat them.[LNB]"Blackburn in the past have beaten United at Old Trafford, and a lot will depend on whether we have that personality to go to Old Trafford and do more than just sit on the ropes and be belted."[LNB]This is one of the matches Grella had been eagerly anticipating since moving from Italy last year, and he is not especially concerned by United's record-breaking run of clean sheets.[LNB]He is, however, an admirer of the club and their players.[LNB]"I've been looking forward to it since I came over," he added.[LNB]"It is going to be a tough game. But all games start at 0-0, so the opportunity is there to get something out of it - and it just depends on our mentality.[LNB]"The numbers (of clean sheets) don't lie. but football is a funny game, and sometimes things can happen that go against the numbers.[LNB]"But United are a fantastic team, and the crown of world champions just tops off the way they are playing at the moment.[LNB]"They have a lot of options all over the pitch, and I think that helps.[LNB]"Players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville that can stay at that level and still have that winning mentality for so long are unbelievable.[LNB]"I really admire these players and their manager, for staying at their club for so long and always wanting to be a winner and get better and better.[LNB]"That is what should be written in the 'way-to-play' manuals."[LNB]Blackburn's hopes of keeping a clean sheet tonight have been dented by the loss of centre-half Chris Samba to suspension, while right-back Danny Simpson is ineligible to play against his parent club.[LNB][LNB] Man. Utd 1/4[LNB], Draw 9/2[LNB], Blackburn 12/1[LNB] 

Source: Team_Talk