Darren Ferguson is keen to see Peterborough repair a fractious relationship with their supporters with victory tomorrow.
Striker Lee Tomlin had an angry exchange with Posh fans on social networking website Twitter, which has since seen him banned from using it by his manager.
And the United boss has also insisted goalkeeper Joe Lewis will retain his place, despite some fans calling for him to be dropped after some recent mistakes.
Ferguson, left, said: ‘No matter who plays, they need the support of all the fans.
‘In the past 12 months the players have delivered entertaining football, plenty of goals and a promotion.
‘We don’t owe the fans anything but we are all grateful for the support they’ve given which has helped deliver success.
‘We’ve had issues this week with Lee in particular.
‘But he will now concentrate totally on his football.
‘He’s lucky to be a professional footballer and he now needs to act like one.
‘Joe will play in goal. If I started dropping players after every mistake, I’d have no-one left to pick on a Saturday.
‘So it’s important whoever I pick is backed by the fans.’
Ferguson also knows Blues boss Michael Appleton after they spent time together at Manchester United
He said: ‘He’s served his apprenticeship under a succession of very talented managers, so he is bound to have picked up pointers from all of them.’