SIR Alex Ferguson does not believe Manchester United could be in any better shape heading into their "hugely significant" encounter with Rovers.

Although Chelsea cut United's lead at the top of the Premier League to two points with their 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, Avram Grant's bizarre post-match press conference hinted at extreme tension within the Stamford Bridge camp.

In contrast, Ferguson is happy in the knowledge his side will be just four points from the league title should they emerge victorious against Mark Hughes' side, with just a win at Chelsea next weekend being enough.

It is just what Ferguson was looking for heading into the Champions League semi-final meeting with Barcelona.

And while the Scot is refusing to discuss Grant's antics, he admits his own side could not be in better shape.

"This game is hugely significant for us," said the Red Devils chief.

"We got the bonus we were looking for when Chelsea dropped two points on Monday and we could not have asked for anything more.

"Ewood Park is not the easiest place to go but we are looking for top performances from our players.

"It is in our hands. We are two points in front with a game in hand, so hopefully we will make it count."