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  • Date:22 May 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:75,400
Blackpool are relegated
  • Park (20) Anderson (61)
    Ian Evatt - og (73) Owen (80)
  • Adam (39)
    Taylor-Fletcher (56)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Ormerod from the left by-line. Short corner taken by Brett Ormerod from the left by-line. Luke Varney produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

93mins

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

92mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov clears the bar.

91mins

Effort from inside the area by Michael Owen misses to the left of the goal.

90mins

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Patrice Evra. Matt Phillips takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

88mins

A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips, Brett Ormerod has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

86mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov clears the crossbar. Brett Ormerod is brought on as a substitute for Keith Southern.

85mins

Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Southern. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick. Matt Phillips takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

84mins

Wayne Rooney comes on in place of Nemanja Vidic.

84mins

Neal Eardley delivers the ball.

81mins

Michael Owen finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-2 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Oliveira Anderson.

79mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edwin Van der Sar by Ian Evatt. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

75mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by David Vaughan. The referee books David Vaughan for unsporting behaviour. Chris Smalling restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Luke Varney replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Jason Puncheon goes off and Matt Phillips comes on.

74mins

An own goal is scored by Ian Evatt. Man Utd 3-2 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Chris Smalling.

73mins

Chris Smalling crosses the ball, Luis Nani produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by David Vaughan results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Paul Scholes takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Southern. Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

69mins

Michael Owen concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Michael Owen is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.

66mins

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Neal Eardley gets a block in. Luis Nani decides to take a short corner.

65mins

Charlie Adam takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

64mins

Patrice Evra sends in a cross, Matthew Gilks makes a save. Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks. Paul Scholes takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.

63mins

Ji-Sung Park leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Owen.

62mins

Oliveira Anderson scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-2 Blackpool.Ji-Sung Park provided the assist for the goal.

62mins

The ball is sent over by Chris Smalling, Neal Eardley manages to make a clearance.

59mins

Ji-Sung Park sends in a cross.

57mins

A cross is delivered by David Vaughan, Gary Taylor-Fletcher finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-2 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from David Vaughan.

54mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani, Close range header by Dimitar Berbatov goes over the bar.

50mins

Neal Eardley produces a cross, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.

50mins

Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

49mins

Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

48mins

Dudley Campbell fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

46mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Crainey. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

46mins

Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

46mins

(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Chris Smalling coming on for Rafael Da Silva.

40mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Charlie Adam finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Blackpool.

38mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Oliveira Anderson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

34mins

Darren Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Southern. Darren Fletcher receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.

32mins

Oliveira Anderson takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the target.

31mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

30mins

Charlie Adam produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.

28mins

Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

27mins

Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.

27mins

The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, clearance by Neal Eardley.

27mins

The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

25mins

Luis Nani challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

23mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line to the near post, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.

22mins

Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scholes.

21mins

Ji-Sung Park grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Dimitar Berbatov.

19mins

Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Ian Evatt results in a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

18mins

Unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.

18mins

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

17mins

Corner taken short by Luis Nani.

12mins

Patrice Evra produces a cross, comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.

9mins

Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Charlie Adam gets a block in.

8mins

Short corner taken by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line.

8mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

7mins

The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

6mins

The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, blocked by Jonathan Evans. Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

4mins

Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

1mins

Charlie Adam sends in a cross, Effort from inside the area by Keith Southern misses to the left of the goal.

Match Preview

Van der Sar dreading Old Trafford farewell Edwin van der Sar will say goodbye to the Premier League on Sunday admitting he faces a difficult 90 minutes against Blackpool. After rejecting numerous pleas from his team-mates to abandon his retirement plans, Van der Sar is due to be handed the captain's armband by Sir Alex Ferguson for his final league game in Manchester United colours. Not normally prone to moments of emotion, the 40-year-old did not even start thinking about the prospect of retirement until a couple of weeks ago. However, the enormity of life away from the stresses and strains of training and matches has now started to sink in, making the occasion all the more difficult. "I am not looking forward to it," Van der Sar told MUTV. "It is a sad moment. You don't look forward to those. I just have to make the best of it. "I wouldn't say it has come round quickly. I had not really been thinking about it. Once I knew what I was going to do, I remained focussed on the games and the training. "It is only in the last two weeks that it has really sunk in that I am running out of time. "Hopefully though, the memories I will get this weekend I will be able to keep with me for the rest of my life." Van der Sar still has a big job to do. Next week he will be gearing up for an incredible fifth Champions League final, hoping to keep out a Barcelona side that spoiled his night in Rome by beating him twice a couple of years ago. Blackpool striker DJ Campbell has absolutely no wish to complete the worst hat-trick of his life by falling back into the npower Championship. Campbell has experienced the trauma of relegation twice before, at Birmingham and Leicester. The memories still haunt him, as do the faces of people he got the know well who were suddenly out of a job. So, all week in the build-up to Blackpool's date with destiny at Old Trafford, Campbell has been trying to impress upon his team-mates how utterly horrible life will be if they fail in their survival quest. "I have been relegated twice already and I really have no desire to experience that again," said the 29-year-old. "At Birmingham it was like someone had torn my heart out. "But that is not the worst of it. The big problem with these situations is that you see what affect it has on the people who really care about your club. "I used to be a fan. I know how hard it is. "In the immediate aftermath you can see fans and staff crying. It is absolutely gut-wrenching. "You ask yourself what it means. At Birmingham, a lot of people that I liked and spoke to a lot, lost their jobs. "The responsibility is huge, which is what I have been trying to impress on the guys all week." Contrary to his own belief, there is a genuine desire around the country for Blackpool to do well, if only because of the additional colour Ian Holloway has brought to the Barclays Premier League. After launching a staunch defence of Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week, Holloway got his reward when the United boss agreed to a request for Blackpool to have a look at the surroundings they will be asked to operate in on Sunday, hoping to become only the second side this season, after West Brom, to avoid defeat. "I can see why he would do that," said Campbell, one of the few Blackpool players with any Old Trafford experience, a 3-0 defeat with Birmingham in 2006. "I have been fortunate enough to play there. It might get to the ones that haven't. "But I have to say, it is a totally different stadium when there are 70,000 fans in there compared to when it is empty."

Formation:433Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

  • Edwin Van der Sar
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Jonathan Evans
  • Patrice Evra
  • Luis Nani
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Paul Scholes
  • Darren Fletcher
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • SUBS
  • Anders Lindegaard
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Michael Owen
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Chris Smalling
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Darron Gibson

Home

Away

Match Report

Seasiders let it slip from grasp Blackpool's thrilling Barclays Premier League ride ended in typically rollercoaster fashion at Old Trafford as they were relegated after throwing away a second-half lead to lose 4-2. Manager Ian Holloway had pledged to attack champions Manchester United. Ultimately though it proved their undoing. Goals from Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher had threatened to secure their top-flight status for another 12 months, but Blackpool were incapable of holding on. That the goal which sunk them was thanks to one of their own only twisted the knife that little bit deeper, Ian Evatt turning Chris Smalling's cross into his own net after Anderson had equalised. Michael Owen added another before the end but by then, Blackpool were already condemned. So much happened before kick-off that the explosion of action immediately after the first whistle was merely maintaining the frenzy. Blackpool afforded United the acclaim of walking out through a guard of honour, Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic collected Premier League manager and player of the year prizes and Edwin van der Sar was presented with a special prize ahead of his impending retirement and thoughts turned to whether Paul Scholes was following too. The Premier League trophy was prepared for collection at the end and Ferguson had allayed any worries about Blackpool facing a weakened team by naming 10 internationals, including Golden Boot contender Dimitar Berbatov. After taking all that in, a capacity crowd could have done with a rest. They didn't get it. Holloway had pledged to attack but even he could not have imagined Blackpool would have their first clear sight of the home goal after less than 30 seconds. After surging past Jonny Evans to reach the by-line, Adam pulled a superb low cross back to Keith Southern, who had a clear sight of Van der Sar's goal. Unfortunately, the magnitude of the opportunity got the better of him and he side-footed wide. Within minutes, Matthew Gilks was denying Rafael at the other end, then repelling Berbatov. In between, Taylor-Fletcher just failed to turn home an Adam cross. The optimism Blackpool had brought with them remained until Berbatov slipped a pass through to Park midway through the half and the South Korean clipped home a clinical first-time effort. Gilks denied Berbatov a second, then referee Mike Dean denied United a clear penalty when Adam bundled Park over. On such small margins do big things turn. Had United gone two in front at that point, Blackpool would surely have been buried. Instead, Vidic's foul on Taylor-Fletcher allowed Adam to step up and stroke a superb shot past Van der Sar, the Scot wheeling away in celebration after it flashed in off the post. Holloway gave his interval team-talk with his side out of the drop-zone by the slimmest of margins. Events elsewhere were starting to shape their future, but Adam so nearly gave them a massive push towards safety with a ferocious free-kick straight after the break, which Van der Sar shoved away with a firm one-handed save. But the second did come, again the ball entering United's net via a post as Taylor-Fletcher met David Vaughan's low cross with a deft flick that left Van der Sar helpless. In a Tangerine dream world, it would have been job done. Life for the Seasiders has not been like that all season though. Anderson played a pass out wide to Park and was then on hand to belt home from 12 yards to get the visitors sweating once more. And if Gilks had not brilliantly turned away a Berbatov header after Patrice Evra had crossed, Blackpool would have been deep in the mire once more. They clung to the life raft for another 10 minutes before Evatt's catastrophic own goal. Almost immediately, Evatt found himself beyond the United defence, only for Van der Sar to deny the defender with a very brave save which, given he only has the Champions League final left in his entire career, he could have been forgiven for not making. It proved to be Blackpool's last chance as Owen strode onto Anderson's through ball to brutally kick them back into the Championship. end

Form Guide

    WDWLWD
  • Man Utd
  • VS
  • Blackpool
  • LLDDDW

Last Meetings

  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 3
  • Man Utd
  • 25/01/2011
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 01/05/1971
  • Man Utd
  • 1 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 26/09/1970
  • Man Utd
  • 4 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 25/02/1967
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 08/10/1966
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 27/04/1966

Top Scorers

Man Utd

  • D Berbatov 20
  • JB Hernandez 13
  • LC Nani 9
  • W Rooney 8
  • N Vidic 5
  • J Park 4
  • R Giggs 2
  • D Fletcher 2
  • P Scholes 1
  • M Owen 1
  • P Evra 1
  • AL Valencia 1
  • F Da Silva 1

Blackpool

  • D Campbell 13
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 5
  • M Harewood 5
  • L Varney 5
  • C Adam 4
  • J Puncheon 3
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • A Baptiste 2
  • B Ormerod 1
  • I Evatt 1
  • E Grandin 1
  • C Cathcart 1
  • N Eardley 1
  • M Phillips 1

Goals

Man Utd

    • Total goals 109
    • Goals per game 74
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 13 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 11 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 15 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackpool

    • Total goals 88
    • Goals per game 53
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 8 (For) 9 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 12 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 16 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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