Boss sees Miller light

LEEDS UNITED boss Kevin Blackwell was today adding the finishing touches to his plans ahead of the FA Cup third round trip to Wigan Athletic.

Blackwell's first priority was to re-engage the services of loan man Liam Miller after the Manchester United star made a surprise return to the Leeds training ground.

Miller, whose loan deal with Leeds ended on Tuesday, was a target for Premiership duo West Brom and Wigan and, just 24 hours ago, Blackwell had almost resigned himself to missing out on the former Celtic midfielder.

But the 24-year-old showed his intentions by returning to training with Leeds yesterday, and Blackwell was this morning putting the finishing touches on a loan extension in the hope of pushing the deal through so Miller can play at Wigan.

The United boss admits he is facing a dilemma ahead of the FA Cup clash and has made no secret of the fact that he views the Championship, and promotion to the Premiership, as his priority.

Blackwell is expected to tinker with his starting line-up tomorrow and strikers Rob Hulse and David Healy could profit from his reshuffling.

United are likely to keep the same back four that featured against Hull and Plymouth, although Dan Harding is pushing for a recall after shrugging off injury.

But Blackwell could mix and match his midfield for the trip across the Pennines with Danny Pugh, Simon Walton, Frazer Richardson and Gylfi Einarsson all named in the travelling party.

Meanwhile, United are still in talks with Aston Villa about a loan extension for Eirik Bakke. Villa boss David O'Leary was keen to include Bakke in his squad for their FA Cup trip to Hull, but unless a deal is concluded quickly, United will prevent him from playing.

UNITED (from): Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Crainey, Harding, Douglas, Miller, Richardson, Derry, Walton, Einarsson, Pugh, Hulse, Healy, Lewis, Blake, Cresswell, Wright, Bennett.