Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester United 2

Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at Ewood Park.

A lacklustre United was able to wrap up three extremely valuable points thanks to two stunning strikes by Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia once the 80th minute had gone. Blackburn had proved resolute in defence and clinical in attack. Their few forays often resulted in some timely and high class interventions by David De Gea. The Spaniard, early and mid season cock ups aside, has become one of the key men in this average United side that allows far too many chances as a result of its poor possession retention. At least 5 times David kept Blackburn out with high class and instinctive saves. A sure sign of this boy’s improvement is that when one watches United and shots rain on goal, confidence is there that the keeper will react. He even dispelled the spectre of that last minute Old Trafford corner that gave Rovers their unexpected, win with a solid punch out followed by a superb save from the shot in. As for United, well the usual sloppy play and sluggard approach play led to few chances. Antonio Valencia once again proved he is the leagues form player. Fast, powerful and incisive he was a thorn in Rovers’ side since the off. Hernandez was guilty of missing several chances, though he was unlucky not to get a goal in the opening seconds of the game. He was off after an hour replaced by Welbeck. With Rooney having an awful game the new striker did little to improve our finishing. It was thus left up to the Man of the Match to finish with a sublime shot with the outside of his right foot that cut through a crowded area like a hot knife through butter. A well deserved individual goal for United’s best player on the pitch. Ashley Young, who had come on for Scholes scored our second a few minutes later with a well worked goal from the edge of the area that slotted perfectly in the gap between the post and the flying Robinson’s hand. 5 points ahead now City so what you going to do? The next two matched could be crucial, United can even have the luxury of losing at the Etihad and still be crowned champions, over to the crumbling Blues and see how they cope!

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

21 Rafael

4   Phil Jones

22 Paul Scholes

16 Michael Carrick

25 Antonio Valencia (Goal)

10 Wayne Rooney

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez


Danny Welbeck on for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Ryan Giggs on for Phil Jones

Ashley Young (Goal) on for Paul Scholes