Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

It's Blackburn - But Without Bentley And Friedel

It's Blackburn - But Without Bentley And Friedel

Trips to Blackburn Rovers are always difficult, nervy affairs. The last time United managed to win there by more than a single goal was in 2003, in the League Cup - seems like a different lifetime.

However, tomorrow afternoon it could be a little bit easier than usual as there is no David Bentley and Brad Friedel in Rovers' ranks.

Why does it make such a difference? It's relatively simple: both players have a rich history against Manchester United.

To start with Bentley: he is still the only man who has ever scored a Premiership hat-trick against United. On that day in 2006 Blackburn beat us 4-3 and the young winger was a thorn in our defence, totally unsettling Rio Ferdinand and co. It's a relief we do not have to face him now, that he's left for Spurs.

Still, he's the less important part of the duo. The departure of Friedel is what should really give us the edge.

I lost count of the number of times we had to endure terrible afternoons at Ewood courtesy of Brad Friedel. The American is a fine goalkeeper against any team but when playing against United he seems to become superhuman.

We do not have to go far back in time for the last Friedel heroics against us: it was in April this year when we went to Ewood seeking three points and a little bit of breathing space on the top. Santa Cruz and Rob Styles both did their best to derail our title challenge but their contribution was, once again, dwarfed by Friedel: he made several outstanding saves, most notably from Carlos Tevez who was clean through on goal and John O'Shea who tested him from close range yet he kept the ball out with an unbelievable effort.

His successor would be Paul Robinson, someone who never had particularly fine games against United, but the England keeper is injured at the moment so 26-year-old Jason Brown will be given the task of keeping out our formidable forward line.

It will be only his second Premier League appearance and I must say I am usually wary of this deputies. They usually fall into category: they are either visibly nervous and give an edge to the opposition or make world-class saves throughout to leave us shaking our heads in disbelief.

Remember Jurgen Macho? The Austrian keeper deputised for Tomas Sorensen in the Sunderland goal when the Black Cats visited Old Trafford on January 1, 2003. He was an unknown goalkeeper - and he was simply outstanding in that game and it took us 80 minutes to break him down...

Hopefully, Blackburn will cease to be a bogey team with Friedel out of the way. Time will tell.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday October 3 2008
Time: 3:26PM


Bit of an arrogant article this guys. We have a good team without those two... expect another tough game tomorrow.
Mikey D
03/10/2008 16:41:00
I expect a tough game, though I don't think the writer meant to be arrogant, he was more highlighting two of our bogey players! :)
03/10/2008 17:13:00
fair enough, maybe I thought a bit too negative before. I didnt realise it was Zae who wrote it and he aint arrogant so apologies guys. My bad. Good luck tomorrow.
03/10/2008 18:48:00
dont even try guys you have ALAN WILEY another fine utd protege in your squad he wears the black shirt..
04/10/2008 10:45:00
Bentley is proving to be a small loss really, if Carlos Villaneuva gets a chance he could do some damage. However Friedel is World class and it will be tough for us unless Brown steps up to the plate.
durks de rover
04/10/2008 14:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Stats: Chelsea v United

All the stats from Chelsea (4) vs (0) United, Stamford Bridge, 23/10/16 16:00 Att: 41,424

Chelsea v United - Team Sheets

United are in West London this afternoon, taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Wilson Crocked for the Season

Fate has dealt our young striker James Wilson a cruel blow.

Rooney Misses Chelsea Fixture

With Manchester United set to take on Chelsea in a Premier League fixture, they will do so without the services of the club captain Wayne Rooney.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Charlie Bacchus
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM o a bad day at Chelsea?
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 12:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 4:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League