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Blackburn 0 United 2

Manchester United left it late last night to finally crush the brave resistance of a plucky Blackburn Rovers side, with it needing two late goals to secure all three points at a packed Ewood Park.

In what can loosely be termed a derby fixture, Sir Alex Ferguson would have been over the moon to take the three points and establish a five point gap between United and second placed Manchester City.

With the season fast approaching a conclusion, Sir Alex is perfectly aware that United now have the advantage, even more so with a home fixture against struggling Queens Park Rangers to be played before Manchester City next play. If three points can be secured, against Queens Park Rangers, then the gap will be stretched to a massive eight points.

But it wasn`t all plain-sailing at Ewood Park as Blackburn, on a good run of recent form, defended resolutely and carved out some chances, from set-pieces, of their own. But, in doing so, they found David De Gea in imperious form with the Spanish keeper producing world class saves to deny Junior Hoillet. Marcus Olsson and Grant Hanley

In fact it looked, as we headed into the last ten minutes of the game that United`s attempts to open up that gap, at the top, were to be thwarted. But Antonio Valencia had other ideas.

Valencia, who had been a thorn in Blackburn`s side all game, collected the ball, in the eighty-first minute, from Rafael, darted into the penalty area and with many expected a pass, he instead chose to deliver a cross-cum-shot, with the outside of his boot, that totally deceived Paul Robinson to put United 1-0 up.

Five minutes later it was game, set and match to United when Ashley Young made it 2-0. This time the goal came after an exquisite move that involved something in the region of thirty-eight passes before Young turned and unleashed a curling shot that, at first, looked to be going wide before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

With the game safe the 7,000 travelling supporters in the Darwen End were serenading Sir Alex Ferguson with a chant of:-

"Fergie give us a wave."

The gaffer though did more than that, he stood up and punched the air in triumph. The title, many United supporters believe, is now ours to throw away!




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 3 2012

Time: 1:04PM

Your Comments

A great result in a game which, for us, is one of the hardest in the campaign. De Gea was brilliant and kept us in the game when Blackburn launched their counter attacks and long range efforts. Slightly frustrated that we didn't attempt a few long range efforts ourself, something we should have more confidence in doing but otherwise I can't fault the performance. I understand the selection of Hernandez (who was unlucky not to grab a goal considering 3 of the chances he had) over Welbeck but for the type of football we ended up playing, which was predominately wing play, Welbeck should've been brought on much sooner. Valencia was my man of the match, great attacking play and work ethic without shirking his defensive responsibilities and provided that moment of magic just when it looked like we were heading for a bore draw.
TheFamousNo7
I really wish I could see a few Citeh fan watching the game on their couch at home... It would be a funny sight at 0-1
alexpant
FamousNo7, I agree with you on hernandez/wellbeck selection...but what about Jones? I really couldn't get that, because it's a must win game and SAF chooses to have a go with Jones in right midfield?? as soon as he came back from injury? a more or less heavier and less agile midfielder? Also, Rooney on the left side, kept drifting to the middle of the pitch, leaving evra on his own to bomb the left side... is was really clear after the first half hour... I thought leaving 'till really late to bring in someone else on the left side (giggs, then young) was really dangerous... I think we were quite lucky that such a rare goal came from an even rarer scorer! But at the end of the day, we keep on smiling!
alexpant
Fair points Alexpant his selection this time round was just as odd as his selection the first time round when he played Rafael CM, Valencia at RB, Nani at RM whilst Welbeck play LM and Rooney up top when it would've been more logical to have Rafael at RB, Valencia RM, Nani LM, Rooney CM and Welbeck with Hernandez up top. Atleast this time he rectified it before it was too late and it cost us.
TheFamousNo7
I'd say the title is yours 100 per cent
merlin
 

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