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Dimitar Berbatov replaces Luis Nani.
Keith Andrews replaces Christopher Samba.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Shot from close in by Luis Nani misses to the left of the goal.
Michel Salgado booked for dissent.
David Dunn is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Jones.
Unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Paul Robinson results in a Penalty. Wayne Rooney scores a placed penalty. Blackburn 1-1 Man Utd.Javier Hernandez provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Jason Roberts. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Jermaine Jones challenges Rio Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Brett Emerton, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Wayne Rooney challenges Michel Salgado unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jones takes the direct free kick.
Brett Emerton sends in a cross, Header from close in by Martin Olsson hits the post.
Foul by Paul Scholes on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, save by Paul Robinson.
Paul Scholes on for Fabio Da Silva.
Fabio Da Silva sends in a cross, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Jermaine Jones makes a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
Morten Gamst Pedersen replaces David Hoilett.
Javier Hernandez concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball, Gael Givet gets a block in.
Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
Foul by Javier Hernandez on Michel Salgado, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Jermaine Jones gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Evans, Michel Salgado gets a block in.
Michael Carrick fouled by Jermaine Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Jones fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Jones gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Jason Roberts. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, Jermaine Jones manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
Jonathan Evans sends in a cross, save by Paul Robinson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Nani. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Michel Salgado, Martin Olsson produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Fabio Da Silva. Booking for Steven Nzonzi. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Centre by Javier Hernandez.
The ball is delivered by Brett Emerton, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Jason Roberts fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
Javier Hernandez challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Centre by Antonio Valencia.
A goal is scored by Brett Emerton from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Man Utd.Martin Olsson provided the assist for the goal.
Brett Emerton takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Jermaine Jones. Booking for Jermaine Jones for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Christopher Samba. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Michel Salgado. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney.
Brett Emerton concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.
David Hoilett sends in a cross, Christopher Samba produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Brett Emerton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luis Nani.
Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Centre by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Phil Jones.
The ball is delivered by Javier Hernandez, blocked by Phil Jones.
The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Gael Givet.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, Luis Nani has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Jermaine Jones takes the free kick.
Trio back for Rovers
Blackburn have been boosted by the return from injury of three players ahead of the Ewood Park clash with Barclays Premier League champions-elect Manchester United.
Defender Phil Jones, who was a late omission from the team that drew against West Ham last week with a back problem, has recovered while Michel Salgado (knee) and David Dunn are also fit after missing the trip to Upton Park.
Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are definite absentees and Ruben Rochina is a doubt after dislocating his shoulder in the reserves' win against United on Wednesday, a game in which the young Spaniard scored both Rovers' goals.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson intends to give Javier Hernandez a proper rest this summer after the Mexican's incredible efforts for the club this season.
Hernandez is once again expected to lead the United attack at Blackburn when a single point will be enough for the Red Devils to claim a record 19th league title with a game to spare.
The 22-year-old has been a major influence over the past couple of months and took his tally to 20 for the season with his 36-second opener against Chelsea last week.
However, by the time Hernandez has fulfilled his commitments for United and then appeared for his country at the Gold Cup in June, Ferguson accepts his striker will need a break.
So, rather than pushing him straight on a pre-season tour of the United States, as he had planned, it seems Hernandez can expect to be excused from duty.
"Once he plays in the Gold Cup, Javier will be given a proper rest and we will take it up from there," said Ferguson.
"His performances in training and in games suggests there is no tiredness at all, but we will keep monitoring that.
"If we get the result he will get the rest. If we don't then he will play next Sunday."
Ferguson is planning to rest keeper Edwin van der Sar for Saturday's trip.
After totting up 42 appearances already this term, Ferguson feels it is time the 40-year-old had a break.
"I may rest Edwin," he said.
"Given the programme of the last few weeks and the fact he has played in every game, it is important to take the opportunity to give him a break."
Rooney spot on as United clinch title
Wayne Rooney drove home a controversial penalty 17 minutes from the end at Blackburn to confirm Manchester United champions for a record 19th time.
Requiring only a point to lift their 12th championship of Sir Alex Ferguson's incredible reign, United had fallen behind in the first half when Brett Emerton's far-post drive gave Blackburn a shock lead.
With Tomasz Kuszczak's nerves affecting his team-mates, for a while, United looked to be heading for a nerve-jangling final-day ending with Blackpool.
But help was at hand in the form of Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who needlessly slid out on Javier Hernandez.
Much to Robinson's frustration, the Mexican went down and after referee Phil Dowd had restored order, Rooney drilled home to finally knock Liverpool off their perch, as Sir Alex Ferguson had promised all those years ago.
Travelling north in their thousands to herald a record title and put a damper on anything that might happen at Wembley a couple of hours' later, United being behind at half-time simply was not in the script.
The visitors had played with the confidence of a team who felt they were about to become champions, stroking the ball around efficiently and creating plenty of space around the Rovers box.
But that killer ball was missing.
After Nani had thudded a close-range header against the crossbar with only three minutes on the clock, United just could not find their range.
Nani cut a shot past the near-post, Ryan Giggs brought an excellent save out of Robinson and Rooney's chip sailed narrowly over.
United actually looked less likely to score as that opening period went on.
This would not have been too bad if Blackburn were scoreless too.
However, a combination of their perilous league position and being piqued at having their own position completely overlooked in the scramble to acclaim the men from Old Trafford, they approached their task with a fierce sense of determination.
Christopher Samba had already been slightly unlucky that Dowd had ruled his excellent effort out for a foul on Nemanja Vidic when Emerton drifted a cross-shot to the far-post.
Kuszczak tried to push the ball away from danger but succeeded only in keeping it in play, which allowed Martin Olsson to retrieve it.
After exchanging passes with Junior Hoilett, Olsson crossed to the far post where Emerton finished with an excellent first-time effort.
It nearly got even worse for United when Michel Salgado's cross from the other side of the pitch dropped nicely for Olsson, whose shot was disappointingly off-target.
However, Ferguson must have been questioning the wisdom of his only concession to United's position, offering 40-year-old Edwin van der Sar a rare break, as Kuszczak had twice almost been caught in possession, having dwelt on routine back passes for far too long.
Quite apart from putting United's celebrations on hold, it also highlighted just what a tough job Ferguson faces in making sure the veteran Dutchman's replacement is a worthy successor.
Hernandez has already proved his value to the Red Devils cause.
The Mexican was not having one of his better days though, failing to collect a Ryan Giggs' through ball that would have sent him clear of the Blackburn defence.
More weak goalkeeping from Kuszczak forced Rio Ferdinand into a rushed clearance before Olsson nodded an Emerton cross against the post with the United keeper nowhere.
Another Emerton cross led to Ferdinand getting rather too close to heading into his own net for the central defender's liking.
The hesitancy Kuszczak created had spread through the United defence.
Normally the strongest of partnerships, Vidic and Ferdinand crashed into each other as they tried to complete a routine interception on halfway.
Something needed to go United's way. Robinson's rashness provided it.
The former England keeper complained bitterly at the outcome but it is hard to imagine any striker not going down in such circumstances.
Blackburn were angry. Not angry enough to warrant caution being thrown to the wind in an attempt to win though.
Their top-flight survival fight will go down to the last day, when United will receive the Premier League trophy as the most successful team in English league history.
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