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  • Date:31 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:75,146
  • Berbatov (51) Berbatov (61)
  • Yakubu - pen (15) Yakubu (50)
    Hanley (79) Hanley (79)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:04 +3.04

Centre by Luis Nani, Will Keane takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, Phil Jones has a drilled shot. Will Keane gets a block in.

92:23 +2.23

Oliveira Anderson crosses the ball, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.

90:51 +0.51

Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. Phil Jones takes the direct free kick.

90:02 +0.02

The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, David Goodwillie manages to make a clearance.

88:32

Phil Jones sends in a cross. Ayegbeni Yakubu goes off and Jordan Slew comes on.

87:18

Shot by David Goodwillie. Blocked by Patrice Evra.

86:39

Oliveira Anderson has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the target.

86:31

Phil Jones delivers the ball, Adam Henley gets a block in.

85:38

The ball is crossed by Phil Jones, clearance by Christopher Samba.

84:07

The ball is crossed by Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar. David Goodwillie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mauro Formica. Will Keane is brought on as a substitute for Rafael Da Silva.

84:02

The ball is crossed by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

83:15

Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Radosav Petrovic. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Christopher Samba.

82:50

Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

81:43

Corner taken short by Oliveira Anderson.

81:02

Effort on goal by Ayegbeni Yakubu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

79:11

Adam Henley takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Grant Hanley finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 2-3 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

77:23

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.

74:24

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, Radosav Petrovic makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Effort on goal by Antonio Valencia from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

73:37

Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance made by Christopher Samba.

73:28

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, clearance by Grant Hanley. The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

72:18

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Mauro Formica. Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ayegbeni Yakubu makes a clearance.

71:57

Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball.

71:50

The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Radosav Petrovic.

70:46

Mauro Formica takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Headed effort from close range by Grant Hanley goes wide left of the goal.

69:51

Luis Nani produces a cross, Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.

67:10

Centre by Antonio Valencia, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Phil Jones misses to the right of the target.

66:09

The ball is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance by Christopher Samba.

66:01

Centre by Luis Nani.

65:02

Dimitar Berbatov delivers the ball, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

64:47

Dimitar Berbatov sends in a cross, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

64:14

Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post.

64:05

Antonio Valencia produces a cross.

63:42

Mauro Formica crosses the ball, Phil Jones makes a clearance.

62:42

The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.

62:18

Josh Morris produces a cross.

61:00

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, Dimitar Berbatov finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-2 Blackburn.Antonio Valencia provided the assist for the goal.

60:45

Centre by Rafael Da Silva.

60:37

Luis Nani produces a cross, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

55:59

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani.

55:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Radosav Petrovic on Oliveira Anderson. Radosav Petrovic receives a yellow card. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.

53:47

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, Mark Bunn makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Michael Carrick misses to the right of the target. Ruben Rochina leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Morris.

53:31

Antonio Valencia sends in a cross.

51:27

Dimitar Berbatov scores a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 1-2 Blackburn.Rafael Da Silva provided the assist for the goal.

50:13

Ayegbeni Yakubu finds the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 0-2 Blackburn.

49:20

Luis Nani takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

48:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Ruben Rochina. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.

47:22 +2.22

Corner from the left by-line taken by Luis Nani, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.

47:15 +2.15

The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Jason Lowe gets a block in.

47:06 +2.06

Luis Nani decides to take a short corner.

47:00 +2.00

The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, Steven Nzonzi gets a block in.

46:57

The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, Grant Hanley gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Luis Nani, Michael Carrick challenges Mark Bunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.

46:03

Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Jason Lowe is booked. Luis Nani delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, clearance by Radosav Petrovic.

45:55 +0.55

Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.

45:51 +0.51

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

45:25 +0.25

Centre by Luis Nani, comfortable save by Mark Bunn.

45:14 +0.14

Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.

45:02 +0.02

Shot from 6 yards from Javier Hernandez. Save made by Mark Bunn.

45:01

Oliveira Anderson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Javier Hernandez.

44:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Steven Nzonzi. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Nani.

43:45

Shot from 18 yards from Luis Nani. Mark Bunn makes a brilliant save.

41:38

Shot from just outside the box by Ruben Rochina misses to the right of the goal.

40:57

The ball is sent over by Ji-Sung Park, clearance by Grant Hanley.

36:49

Effort on goal by Luis Nani from a long way out goes over the bar.

35:04

Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.

32:15

Corner from the left by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David De Gea by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick taken by David De Gea.

31:30

Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

31:04

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, clearance made by Christopher Samba.

30:47

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, blocked by Adam Henley.

29:51

Mauro Formica has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

28:37

Shot from just outside the box by Javier Hernandez misses to the right of the target.

26:39

Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Phil Jones has an effort at goal. Save made by Mark Bunn.

26:29

Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal. Christopher Samba gets a block in.

26:04

Drilled left-footed shot by Ruben Rochina. David De Gea makes a comfortable save.

23:42

The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, save made by Mark Bunn.

23:17

Foul by Ruben Rochina on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.

22:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on Mauro Formica. Michael Carrick is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right channel.

21:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Phil Jones. David De Gea takes the free kick.

20:10

Shot by Rafael Da Silva. Save by Mark Bunn.

20:05

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.

19:17

Shot by Phil Jones from 25 yards. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

18:14

Rafael Da Silva fouled by Adam Henley, the ref awards a free kick. Luis Nani takes the direct free kick.

14:34

Dimitar Berbatov gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba. Power penalty scored by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Man Utd 0-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Christopher Samba.

13:49

Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauro Formica. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.

12:33

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, Radosav Petrovic manages to make a clearance.

12:27

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Grant Hanley gets a block in.

12:06

Rafael Da Silva has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Grant Hanley.

12:00

Patrice Evra crosses the ball.

10:33

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Luis Nani is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.

9:32

Patrice Evra fouled by Radosav Petrovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.

6:29

Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

4:52

Luis Nani has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

4:01

Unfair challenge on Mauro Formica by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.

3:10

Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

1:54

Ji-Sung Park fouled by Ruben Rochina, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

Match Preview

United's defensive problems mounting Sir Alex Ferguson must once again contend with massive defensive problems ahead of Manchester United's Premier League encounter with rock bottom Blackburn. Jonny Evans (calf) has joined Nemanja Vidic (knee), Chris Smalling (tonsillitis) and Fabio (hamstring) on the sidelines. Phil Jones (illness) and Rio Ferdinand (back) could be involved, otherwise Michael Carrick may have to partner Patrice Evra in central defence, with Antonio Valencia at right-back. "We can cope," said Ferguson, "especially in home games. "Michael Carrick's form has been one of the key points in recent wins. He can pass the ball and has the height, pace and experience. "It wasn't a problem for him against Wigan. He was flawless. "Patrice also has the experience and the spring to head the ball. "If that is the case then fine. We will get on with it. "We are at home. We will have the majority of the ball. We have to make sure we are positive when we have it and do enough to win." Martin Olsson is hoping to make his long-awaited Blackburn comeback. The Swede has featured just once for Steve Kean's men since November 5 after suffering a hamstring injury but could ease a major injury crisis for the Lancashire outfit. David Dunn and Junior Hoilett (both hamstring) face late tests but goalkeeper Paul Robinson (calf) is amongst seven senior players definitely out, as is Gael Givet, even though the Frenchman has returned to training following a minor heart procedure. Boss Steve Kean expects to be busy in January as he attempts to guide his side away from relegation trouble. "We are going to need to strengthen," he said. "When you see how many defenders are out injured, it is clear we need to get some bodies in, and at the start of the window if possible. "But it will be done under the radar. "We have mentioned names before and said certain people were coming in, then it doesn't happen. "We were doing it all for the right reasons and were never leading the fans along by mentioning names that weren't real. But we were putting pressure on ourselves. "This time, with the benefit of hindsight, we will not mention anyone. "We just want to do it nice and quietly and at the same time push as many people out of the treatment room as we can."

Formation:442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 451Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

  • David De Gea
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Phil Jones
  • Michael Carrick
  • Patrice Evra
  • Luis Nani
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • SUBS
  • Anders Lindegaard
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Mame Diouf
  • Paul Pogba
  • Will Keane
  • Ezekiel Fryers
  • Larnell Cole

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Match Report

Rovers stun champions Blackburn gatecrashed Sir Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday celebrations to claim a stunning 3-2 win at the end of a quite amazing contest with Manchester United. Goals from Ayegbeni Yakubu either side of the interval put the Barclays Premier League's bottom club into a surprise two-goal lead before United hit back through Dimitar Berbatov. There seemed to be only one conclusion after the Bulgarian had scored twice to take his tally to five over the Christmas period. But despite piling on the pressure, it was United who were undone as David de Gea failed to collect Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner, allowing Grant Hanley to head home the winner 10 minutes from time. It represented Steve Kean's best win as Blackburn manager, taking them off the foot of the table, and left Ferguson to question the wisdom of not even putting a rested Wayne Rooney on the bench on the day he confirmed an intention to remain in his job for a further three years. The party atmosphere at kick-off proved to be a false guide to what followed. In a pre-recorded interview with MUTV, Ferguson confirmed his future plans, which would make him by some distance the Premier League's oldest manager. The Scot then received a rendition of 'Happy Birthday to you' from the home fans in recognition of his 70th birthday, setting the scene for the slaughter expected to follow. Except United, injury-hit to the extent of having to name Rafael and Park Ji-sung as central midfield partners, were not up to the task. The fluency that had carried them to eight wins from nine league games since their only defeat, that 6-1 massacre by Manchester City in October, was so obviously missing. Nani was an obvious attacking outlet but had one of his frustrating days and neither Berbatov, Hernandez nor Danny Welbeck could plot a path through the massed ranks of Blackburn's defence. Twenty-four hours earlier, Ferguson had confirmed an intention to hand Berbatov an extra year's contract. He must have felt like snatching it away, when the Bulgarian followed up his Boxing Day hat-trick against Wigan by hauling Christopher Samba over in the box. At a club as unstable as Blackburn, one of the few certainties is that from the spot, Yakubu does not miss and the Nigerian promptly sent De Gea the wrong way. United's response was strange in that, without playing well, they started to create opportunities. Nani was off target with a couple of efforts then the Portugal winger was denied by Rovers' stand-in keeper Mark Bunn, as was Hernandez. At one point, Hernandez also got in the way of a goalbound effort from Phil Jones, who had recovered from illness to face his former club for the first time since his #17million move to Old Trafford. Pilloried by his own fans immediately before Christmas, Rovers boss Kean had now seen his side take first-half leads at Liverpool and United in a staggering six-day spell. With no Rooney to assist his team, Ferguson turned to Anderson at the break, a move that triggered a number of positional changes, the most significant of which saw Valencia shifted into an advanced position. But, before United had a chance to see whether the tactical switches would work, they fell further behind. Yakubu had too much strength for makeshift central defender Michael Carrick as he turned on the edge of the area, then nipped past Jones before drilling his shot through De Gea's legs. Disastrously for Blackburn, they conceded themselves within 20 seconds of the restart as United advanced, the ball eventually finding its way to Rafael whose bouncing cross-shot was nodded home by Berbatov. So often have Ferguson's teams recovered from such unpromising situations down the years, Kean must have felt sick. His side started to get overwhelmed by the tide of red attacks, with Valencia to the fore. It was the South American's burst of pace and subsequent cut-back that provided Berbatov with the opportunity to side-foot United level. Minutes later, Bunn almost unbelievably prevented Grant Hanley from turning Berbatov's cross into his own net. He did not know much about it though, as the ball flew over off his outstretched foot. The weight of attacks on the Blackburn goal was immense. Yet United's commitment was so great they forgot to defend, and once again the questions were raised over De Gea, who came to collect Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner. Instead, Hanley won the first header, then found the bottom corner with his second. United resolve was sapped and their hopes of snatching the point that would take them top of the table disappeared when Bunn and home debutant Will Keane got in the way of Jones' injury-time effort.

Form Guide

    DWWWWW
  • Man Utd
  • VS
  • Blackburn
  • LWLLLD

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 14/05/2011
  • Man Utd
  • 7 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 27/11/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 11/04/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 31/10/2009
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 21/02/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 04/10/2008

Top Scorers

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 12
  • LC Nani 6
  • JB Hernandez 6
  • D Welbeck 4
  • D Berbatov 3
  • J Park 2
  • A Young 2
  • OL Anderson 2
  • R Giggs 1
  • M Carrick 1
  • D Fletcher 1
  • AL Valencia 1
  • C Smalling 1
  • P Jones 1

Blackburn

  • A Yakubu 8
  • D Hoilett 3
  • C Samba 2
  • M Formica 2
  • R Rochina 2
  • M Pedersen 1
  • S Dann 1
  • S Vukcevic 1

Goals

Man Utd

    • Total goals 61
    • Goals per game 47
  • 5 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackburn

    • Total goals 39
    • Goals per game 25
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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