Football: The Sweeper: As you were

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THE 1968 European Cup Winners

Back row (left to right): Bill Foulkes, John Aston, Jimmy Rimmer, Alex Stepney, Alan Gowling, David Herd.

Middle row: David Sadler, Tony Dunne, Shay Brennan, Pat Crerand, George Best, Francis Burns, Jack Crompton (trainer).

Front row: Jim Ryan, Nobby Stiles, Denis Law, Sir Matt Busby, Bobby Charlton, Brian Kidd, John Fitzpatrick.

WHETHER THE 1999 vintage Manchester United will emulate the European Cup-winning version remains to be seen, but Brian Kidd (front row, second from right) has other things on his mind, not least attempting to keep his Blackburn side in the Premiership. Rovers play Nottingham Forest today, and in midweek, they will become the second team in consecutive matches to play United under the management of a former Red Devil. United face Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough tomorrow. It cannot be confirmed that the current picture of Kidd (left) was taken a few moments after a photographer had shouted: "Brian, can you indicate with your fingers what division you'll be taking Rovers into within a couple of seasons."

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