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Patrice Evra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Rafael Da Silva takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Christopher Samba scores a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 7-1 Blackburn.Josh Morris provided the assist for the goal.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Josh Morris, Christopher Samba takes a shot.
Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross.
Short corner worked by Oliveira Anderson.
Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Paul Robinson gets a block in.
Josh Morris fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. David Dunn sends in a cross, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Morris by Oliveira Anderson. Free kick taken by David Dunn.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, save made by Paul Robinson.
Rafael Da Silva challenges Jason Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.
Josh Morris crosses the ball, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Obertan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ji-Sung Park.
Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Dimitar Berbatov grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 7-0 Blackburn.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross, Paul Robinson gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Ji-Sung Park, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Foul by Luis Nani on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Jonathan Evans on for Nemanja Vidic.
Dimitar Berbatov scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 6-0 Blackburn.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda by Wayne Rooney. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, blocked by Paul Robinson.
Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Amine Linganzi coming on for Brett Emerton. El-Hadji Diouf leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Morris.
Luis Nani grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 5-0 Blackburn.Oliveira Anderson provided the assist for the goal.
Dimitar Berbatov finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-0 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
El-Hadji Diouf receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line.
Foul by Brett Emerton on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Michel Salgado is booked. Foul by Michel Salgado on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani.
Foul by David Dunn on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
David Hoilett is brought on as a substitute for Herold Goulon.
Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 Blackburn.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Ji-Sung Park scores a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
The ball is delivered by Ji-Sung Park, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Foul by Michel Salgado on Nemanja Vidic, free kick awarded. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Corner from left by-line crossed in by El-Hadji Diouf, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Pascal Chimbonda gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Blackburn.Wayne Rooney provided the assist for the goal.
The referee gets the game started.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The second half begins.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Let Rooney move on - Vidic
Nemanja Vidic wants the past to be forgotten and Wayne Rooney left alone to get back to what he loves best - scoring goals for Manchester United.
After a turbulent few months, Rooney made his first start since recovering from an ankle injury at Rangers on Wednesday, scoring the late penalty that sent United into the Champions League knockout phase with a game to spare.
The 25-year-old then apologised for the manner in which his contract negotiations were carried out, before finally declaring he never had any intention of joining Manchester City.
Vidic is not about to get drawn into the details of Rooney's conduct. As United skipper, all he cares about is winning matches, starting with Blackburn's visit to Old Trafford tomorrow.
Now the rows and wrangles are at an end, he feels Rooney should be allowed to concentrate on reaching the form he showed last term before injuries affected his performances.
"We have to forget what happened in the past," said Vidic.
"It is great news he has signed a new contract and will be part of Manchester United for the next few years.
"He showed on Wednesday that he is hungry to play for this club.
"He is hungry to score goals and had a few opportunities.
"It was important for his confidence that he got the penalty. He can build from that and the aim for him now is to achieve last season's form."
Suddenly, Ferguson has a growing collection of strikers at his disposal, with Dimitar Berbatov, in-form Javier Hernandez, Federico Macheda and Gabriel Obertan all hoping to play a part.
The situation is significantly less cluttered in central midfield as Darren Fletcher has been ruled out of the game with an ankle injury, whilst Paul Scholes is a major doubt after suffering a groin strain at Ibrox.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils will still be strong favourites to come out on top and leapfrog Chelsea at the Premier League summit, which even Vidic accepts would be a surprise given United have drawn seven of their 14 matches so far.
"I am surprised at where we are," he said.
"When we started, if someone had told us we would have this many points at this stage of the season we would have been disappointed.
"But actually we are not in a bad position.
"We saw last year teams are better and are competing more against the top four or five. And this season the top five have all lost so many points.
"It puts us in a higher position than we might have thought, the same as Chelsea.
"But there is still a long way to go. This is definitely the time to play the best football we can and to make sure we win the next few games."
Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce feels his players must "embrace" the experience of playing at Old Trafford.
Rovers come up against an unbeaten United side who have won six of their seven home fixtures in the Barclays Premier League this season, and Allardyce thinks it will be vital his team are not overawed by their surroundings.
"What I'm really concerned about is making sure that they go out and play their best because that will give them a chance to get a result," Allardyce said.
"It's all right organising systems and saying 'do this and do that', but the players need to embrace the Old Trafford atmosphere and not be frightened.
"That can bring the best out of you and if it does, you can have a fantastic afternoon, and so can the fans. But it is always one of the most difficult places to get a result at.
"The reason for playing in the Premier League is to wait for the opportunity to come around and play at stadiums like Old Trafford.
"That is what you play football for, and if you shrink in that atmosphere, you really shouldn't be here - it has got to bring the best out of you. If you fear that, you will end up moving down the divisions very quickly."
Several Rovers players will undergo fitness tests ahead of the clash.
Morten Gamst Pedersen came off during the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend and Brett Emerton missed the game, with hamstring injuries the reason in both cases.
They will have their conditions assessed, along with Steven Nzonzi and Benjani Mwaruwari, whose own hamstring problems have kept them sidelined in recent weeks.
Gael Givet, who was substituted at half-time against Villa due to illness, should be able to take part.
Berbatov stars for United
Dimitar Berbatov joined an elite group of Premier League sharpshooters with a five-star performance as Manchester United demolished Blackburn 7-1 at Old Trafford.
Since the new league was formed in 1992, only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermain Defoe have scored five in a single game.
Berbatov joined that band this afternoon, scoring twice before half-time, then three more times after the break as United finally rid themselves of the shackles that have halted their progress this season.
It took the Bulgarian to 12 goals for the season and completed United's first seven-goal haul since the defeat of Roma three years ago.
More importantly, it sent them powering to the top of the table for the first time this season, giving a significant boost to their goal difference as well at the start of a month that includes meetings with both Arsenal and Chelsea in a potentially pivotal seven-day December period.
Seven days ago, Berbatov did not even make the bench for the victory over Wigan.
Ferguson declined to come up with a plausible reason for omitting his record signing, stating only that he had been left out.
In midweek came an admission from the United boss that he was responsible for changing his team formation too much, leading to a dip in form by the Bulgarian, who had carried his side through the difficult early weeks of the campaign during Wayne Rooney's malaise.
So, Rooney himself was not the only one to be glad he is back.
And whilst the England striker still awaits a goal in open play, it took Berbatov just 71 seconds to find the net for the first time since his hat-trick against Liverpool in mid-September.
Rooney might well have scored himself but could only touch on Nani's left-wing cross. Berbatov made no mistake with a first-time shot.
It was a deflating experience for Rovers, as all their pre-match planning went up in smoke.
Having called for an improvement in performance from his team, who have been scraping results in recent times, Ferguson must have been delighted at the forceful manner with which they approached their task.
They could easily have been further ahead before one of a series of surging Anderson runs allowed Ji-sung Park to feed Rooney and race into the area to collect an excellent return pass and beat Paul Robinson with ease.
The South Korean has turned into a valuable source of goals recently.
Berbatov would be a more reliable option though. And certainly, other than Rooney, there was no better man Pascal Chimbonda's backpass could end up at the feet of from a United perspective just before the half hour.
The striker steadied himself and crashed home a shot which set the seal on his side's best half of the season.
It could have been more too as Nemanja Vidic should have headed home Nani's free-kick with the goal at his mercy and Berbatov had a reasonable penalty claim turned down in stoppage time.
But if Sam Allardyce thought he had got off lightly, he was sadly mistaken as United scored twice within three minutes of the restart.
The first was magical for Berbatov. Releasing Evra with a deft back-heel, he collected the return pass, then sprayed a fabulous ball to Nani with the outside of his right-foot.
Nani can be infuriating at times. On this occasion, he did everything right, driving Blackburn's desperate defence backwards before rolling a pass into Berbatov's path, inviting the finish that brought up his second hat-trick of the season.
Blackburn's defence was in meltdown and when Nani next took possession, he stepped inside Chimbonda before drilling a shot into the far corner.
For United - and Berbatov in particular - it was one of those days when everything went right.
It was no surprise at all when a Park shot that followed Rafael's cutback should be deflected into the 30-year-old's path.
Even when Berbatov was trying to supply others with opportunities, he profited. A pass to Rooney was blocked by Ryan Nelsen and from an acute angle, Berbatov beat Robinson for a fifth time.
Christopher Samba pulled one back for the visitors seven minutes from time.
Understandably, he saw no reason to celebrate. Only United and Berbatov were doing that.
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