Blackburn 0 United 1
An efficient performance saw United runnning out as 1-0 winners at Ewood Park, a stadium where the Reds haven't won since 1998.
In the first half, Rovers' attacks were toothless but United, lining up in what looked like 4-5-1 with Giggs in the middle and Rooney on the wing, did not have too many chances themselves. First Ronaldo, then Saha had a penalty claim turned down, Rooney failed to beat Friedel to times (his first one, from a narrow angle was a really spectacular shot) and between these two chances he couldn't find a ball only two yards out...
Rovers started the second half in a much more confident manner, yet it was Ronaldo who could have opened the scoring but after two fine tricks he fired over the bar.
United's next really serious chance ended with a goal, as O'Shea crossed the ball from the edge of the area, Giggs volleyed it back to Saha from the far post and the Frenchman tucked the ball into the net in spectacular fashion.
Blackburn failed to respond to it, and though only van der Sar's fine, finger-tip clearance denied Benny McCarthy, they never looked like scoring. United were threatening at times after taking the lead, but the lads concentrated on preserving it - and they did it succesfully, thus claiming a deserved win.
Van der Sar 7
G. Neville 6