Saturday May 14, 2011 Day 37 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 1 Manchester United

  • Emerton 20’
  • Rooney 73’ (pen.)

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  1. Manchester United win 19th league title

    Manchester United win 19th league title

    Manchester United clinched a record 19th league championship as Wayne Rooney's penalty gave them a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Manchester United
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    • 90+3' MANCHESTER UNITED ARE CHAMPIONS!! It's 19 for United, who have well and truly knocked Liverpool off their perch! The celebrations commence on the Ewood Park pitch!
    • 90+2' More sideways passing - just one minute of play to go.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of stoppage time will be played - lots of '19' banners around the place.
    • 90' The visiting fans are unfurling a banner that reads 'TOP OF THE PERCH'.
    • 89' More sideways passing from the visitors. A tame end to a thrilling game.
    • 87' A spot of confusion at the back from United - involving Kuszcak, of course. But Carrick then ferries the ball to safety.
    • 86' Now it's Blackburn's turn to run down the clock. This is in risk of turning into a bit of a farce...
    • 85' Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass... United are trying to see out the remaining five minutes plus stoppages without the opposition getting a kick.
    • 84' United are allowed to pass the ball sideways among the back four. Blackburn have stopped closing down.
    • 82' A good spell of possession from the champions-elect. Blackburn look as though they might settle for a point, but if they could see the results elsewhere they might not be so sure.
    • 81' On comes Dimitar Berbatov for Nani, who has been woeful this afternoon.
    • 80' Valencia wins a United throw on the right... they are trying to take some of the pace out of the game.
    • 79' At the moment, Blackpool and Wolves are both winning - which could put Blackburn back in the relegation scrap even if they draw today. And Birmingham are in real trouble...
    • 77' Samba is carrying an injury and has to come off... he is replaced by Keith Andrews. Also, David Dunn has come on for Jermaine Jones.
    • 76' Rooney crosses wickedly from the right and Nani neglects to slide in! Commit yourself, man...
    • 75' The chants of 'Are You Watching Merseyside?' ring around Ewood Park. And the answer has to be 'probably not'. Why would it be?
    • 74' The visiting fans are delirious. Blackburn are aggrieved by the penalty award but there was definite contact, even if Hernandez was taking the ball out of play. Salgado has been booked.
    • 73' GOAL!!! UNITED ARE LEVEL!! Rooney smashes the ball into the left corner, sending Robinson the wrong way! And United are back on course to clinch the title!
    • 72' Wayne Rooney will take the penalty...
    • 71' It was one of those where the striker's touch takes the ball out of play but there is definitely contact. A good decision, I think. Now Rovers crowd the ref.
    • 70' Hernandez races through the right channel and appears to be brought down by Robinson!! Phil Dowd consults with his linesman as the players crowd around him... PENALTY!!
    • 69' Scholes goes into a tackle, hears the whistle and reacts furiously - time for Robinson to bleed another 20 seconds or so off the clock.
    • 68' Rooney tries to go it alone, but he is quickly crowded out.
    • 67' Rooney crosses from the United left, and yet again it is Samba who makes a good defensive header.
    • 66' United are rocking here, as Ferdinand is forced to glance a header behind for a corner - only just wide, that.
    • 65' OLSSON HITS THE POST! Emerton crosses deep from the right, Olsson climbs above Valencia and the ball pings back off the top of the left upright!
    • 64' Fergie taps his watch frantically as Robinson takes an age over a free-kick. Phil Dowd takes no notice.
    • 63' Olsson hits a long shot that takes a big deflection but Kuszczak has time to adjust and makes a decent save.
    • 62' Manchester United: Paul Scholes replaces Fabio. United presumably switching to a 3-5-2.
    • 62' Hernandez loses possession in the box and Evans tries to slide it through to Rooney but the ball is cut out!
    • 61' Jones makes another great block after Valencia's low cross falls to Giggs! A superb defensive display from Rovers.
    • 60' Nani hits a powerful shot from the edge of the box - it smacks off Samba and goes out for a corner.
    • 59' A change for Blackburn: Morten Gamst Pedersen comes on for Junior Hoilett - Rovers switching from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 it seems.
    • 58' Kuszczak misses his punch and is on the ground as the ball pings around the United box... they clear, but it's more deeply useless goalkeeping from Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 57' Carrick charges down an Olsson clearance but he sends it out for a Rovers goal kick and the pressure lifts on the home team.
    • 56' One of the games of the season is in progress at Bloomfield Road... Blackpool v Bolton: LIVE
    • 55' Vidic plays it back to Kuszczak, who controls nervously but gets rid of the ball promptly this time...
    • 54' Olsson is doing a very diligent job tracking back, and he halts Fabio's run down the United right.
    • 53' Salgado goes down clutching his face after catching a boot in the head from Hernandez. Wallop. Ow. Accidental. I think.
    • 52' Hernandez takes another awful touch, failing to put any power on his pass to the overlapping Giggs on the left.
    • 51' Giggs plays a superb ball for Hernandez inside the box but the Mexican's fuirst touch lets him down and he shins it out for a goal kick!
    • 50' Valencia goes down under a Givet chalenge in the box but referee Dowd says no penalty! Valencia certainly looked for the contact...
    • 49' Samba appears to go through the back of Rooney on his way to the ball, but the ref says 'play on'!
    • 47' Valencia is left on his backside, and Rovers have started the second half as they mean to go on - now Jones dispossesses Rooney who is penalised for a retaliatory foul.
    • 46' Second half under way! No personnel changes, but United sent out early by Alex Ferguson.
    • 45+2' Giggs runs the ball out of play, and Phil Dowd blows the half-time whistle. And.... cue hairdyer.
    • 45+1' One minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 45' Great interplay between Hernandez and Rooney, but the ball is cleared as far as Nani who booms the ball wastefully into the crowd! That was a real chance. Brilliant tackle by Jones in the first place to deny Hernandez, though.
    • 44' Rooney tries to chip Robinson from 25 yards but gets it all wrong, sending the ball high over the bar.
    • 43' Nani clips in a cross from the left, and Olsson gets a glancing header away just before Valencia arrives!
    • 42' Nani takes the second corner, which is headed clear at the near post. More solid defending.
    • 41' Giggs delivers a corner from the United right.. Vidic's header is deflected for another corner.
    • 40' MORE COMEDY FROM KUSZCZAK!! He dawdles for weeks and clears the ball straight into the onrushing Hoilett! He gets away with it, as the ball ricochets out for a goal kick. But that is some awful goalkeeping. Your last game for the club, son...
    • 39' Nani shoots after the whistle has gone for offside - no yellow card for kicking the ball away, despite the howls of disapproval around Ewood Park.
    • 38' Olsson arrives unmarked on the left to meet Salgado's crossfield ball, but he volleys well wide!
    • 37' Yellow card N'Zonzi for sliding in late on Fabio. Poor challenge.
    • 36' Jones does well to saty with Valencia, jockeying with him and seeing the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 35' Hernandez does really well to wrap his foot around the ball and shoot left-footed from the edge of the box, and Robinson tips it behind for a corner!
    • 33' United build slowly, but as soon as they play it to the edge of the box there is a Rovers challenge. Great performance from the hosts so far.
    • 32' Rolled into the box for Rooney to chase... Samba holds him off and Robinson comes to collect.
    • 31' Mind you, United only need a point. Hernandez hits a poor crossfield pass out of play.
    • 30' This from @OptaJoe: 1 - Blackburn have lost only one of the 11 Premier League home games that they have opened the scoring this season. Script?
    • 29' Vidic leaves Roberts in a head on the half-way line. The Serb does an odd thing with his thumbs that makes him look momentarily like the Fonz - and we're back under way.
    • 28' Valencia crosses into a crowded bow, and Salgado meets it with a firm defensive header.
    • 26' Fabio prods the ball inside from the right and it ends up in the arms of Robinson.
    • 25' Blackburn are playing at a tremendous tempo and closing down from the front. They have absolutely got the visitors unsettled.
    • 24' Nani races to the left byline then gets booted into the advertising hoardings by Salgado, who then drags the Portuguese back to his feet. No nonesense.
    • 22' The visiting fans are not so celebratory now, and this is the latest in a succession of unconvincing away performances from United. One team desperate for them to get back into this will be Blackpool, who travel to Old Trafford next week.
    • 21' There is a question mark over whether the ball went out for a goal kick in the build-up to the goal - the replay suggests the ball stayed in.
    • 20' GOAL!! BRETT EMERTON FOR BLACKBURN!! Kuszczak flounders again, failing to field and Emerton chip, then getting caught out of position as the ball comes back in and Emerton sweeps it into the net left-footed!
    • 19' Kuszczak dithers horribly and that is nearly disaster for United! Roberts nicks the ball off him but Vidic makes a vital saving challenge! Sure it was a good idea to rest Van der Sar?
    • 18' BOOF! Ball in the net from a Samba overhead kick. It's glorious stuff, but the whistle has already gone for a foul on Vidic.
    • 17' Nani nips the ball past Salgado - no, he's actually fouled him and that's a free-kick.
    • 16' United have had 74% possession so far, which is actually quite surprising. Well, it is for me, anyway.
    • 15' Spread wide left for Evans, who actually looks reasonably assured in the left-back position. Patrice Evra is injured.
    • 14' This from OptaJoe: 1000 - Blackpool striker DJ Campbell has just scored the 1000th goal of the 2010/11 Premier League season. Remix.
    • 13' United look a little tentative here. This has not been the most convincing squad in the team's history, and they are struggling to assert themselves today.
    • 12' Nice interplay between Hernandez and Rooney, but the latter cannot bring the return pass under control...
    • 11' Chance for Samba!! The ball bounces up for him 12 yards out but he slices underneath the ball and sends it harmlessly over!
    • 10' Olsson does well to win a corner off Fabio down the Blackburn left.
    • 9' Nani cuts inside from the left and strikes a powerful low shot with his right foot... drags it wide.
    • 8' Giggs floats the corner in and Vidic is beaten to the ball... and another good header to repel the rebound.
    • 7' Rooney spreads the ball right for Valencia... his cross is blocked then Hernandez wins a corner off Jones.
    • 6' There are four games going on at the moment, and there has already been a goal at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool v Bolton: LIVE
    • 5' The visiting fans are in predictably good voice, currently paying musical tribute to Nemanja Vidic.
    • 4' NANI HEADS AGAINST THE BAR!! He meets Rooney's cross from the right but cannot get over the header enough! Having praised Samba, he let Nani go on that one....
    • 3' Rooney plays it in to the feet of Giggs at the edge of the box - the Welshman tries a lay-off but stuffs it up.
    • 2' Hernandez gets a long ball to chase, but Samba gets to it first and heads back to Robinson. He really is a fine defender...
    • 1' Game on! United kick off, playing from right to left as we see it.
    • 12:43 Out come the teams. Kit details fans will be delighted to know that United are wearing black shorts with their red shirts and black socks. Rovers are in their usual blue and white halves, with white shorts and socks.
    • 12:42 There's no end of 19-themed banners in the crowd - are they celebrating a little early? Maybe, but in all likelihood only by a couple of hours.
    • 12:40 Ryan Giggs makes his 573rd PL appearance – making him the outright highest appearance maker in Premier League history, moving one ahead of goalkeeper David James (572).
    • 12:35 If United avoid defeat today and win the title it will be the fourth time it has been won with exactly one match left to spare. The club's last championship victory came with one match left - drawing 0-0 at home to Arsenal on May 16, 2009.
    • 12:30 Holy Moses! What is Dwight Yorke wearing?! That shirt-tie combo has certainly upstaged the Cup final. Predictably, he's trending on Twitter.
    • 12:25 Rovers suffered their biggest ever Premier League defeat in their last meeting with Manchester United - 7-1 at Old Trafford on November 27.
    • 12:20 Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United have met 95 times in the league. Blackburn have won 27, Manchester United 44 and 24 draws. They have met 33 times in the Premier League. Blackburn have won five, Manchester United 19 and nine draws.
    • 12:15 Michel Salgado returns for Blackburn at right-back, replacing Brett Emerton who moves in to midfield with Morten Gamst Pedersen dropping out.
    • 12:10 A few interesting changes from United - Tomasz Kuszczak comes in as Fergie said. Also, Nani is back at the expense of Park Ji-Sung and Jonny Evans comes in at left-back. And bad news for Darren Fletcher - he is not in the squad, which means he will surely not make the Champions League final.
    • 12:05 BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Phil Jones, Givet, Emerton, Jermaine Jones, Nzonzi, Olsson, Hoilett, Roberts... Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Kalinic, Pedersen, Andrews, Santa Cruz, Mwaruwari... MAN UTD: Kuszczak, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez... Subs: Amos, Evra, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Smalling, Scholes... Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
    • 12:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United, with United one point away from clinching a record 19th league title!
  • Summary

    • 73' GOAL!!! UNITED ARE LEVEL!! Rooney smashes the ball into the left corner, sending Robinson the wrong way! And United are back on course to clinch the title!
    • 70' Hernandez races through the right channel and appears to be brought down by Robinson!! Phil Dowd consults with his linesman as the players crowd around him... PENALTY!!
    • 65' OLSSON HITS THE POST! Emerton crosses deep from the right, Olsson climbs above Valencia and the ball pings back off the top of the left upright!
    • 40' MORE COMEDY FROM KUSZCZAK!! He dawdles for weeks and clears the ball straight into the onrushing Hoilett! He gets away with it, as the ball ricochets out for a goal kick. But that is some awful goalkeeping. Your last game for the club, son...
    • 35' Hernandez does really well to wrap his foot around the ball and shoot left-footed from the edge of the box, and Robinson tips it behind for a corner!
    • 20' GOAL!! BRETT EMERTON FOR BLACKBURN!! Kuszczak flounders again, failing to field and Emerton chip, then getting caught out of position as the ball comes back in and Emerton sweeps it into the net left-footed!
    • 19' Kuszczak dithers horribly and that is nearly disaster for United! Roberts nicks the ball off him but Vidic makes a vital saving challenge! Sure it was a good idea to rest Van der Sar?
    • 11' Chance for Samba!! The ball bounces up for him 12 yards out but he slices underneath the ball and sends it harmlessly over!
    • 4' NANI HEADS AGAINST THE BAR!! He meets Rooney's cross from the right but cannot get over the header enough! Having praised Samba, he let Nani go on that one....

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado Yellow Card
      • C. Samba Substitution Out (78′)
      • P. Jones
      • G. Givet
      • J. Jones Yellow Card Substitution Out (74′)
      • S. N'Zonzi Yellow Card
      • B. Emerton Goal
      • D. Hoilett Substitution Out (59′)
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Roberts

      Subs

      • R. Santa Cruz
      • D. Dunn Substitution In74′
      • K. Andrews Substitution In78′
      • M. Gamst Pedersen Substitution In59′
      • B. Mwaruwari
      • N. Kalinic
      • M. Bunn
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Kuszczak
      • Fábio Substitution Out (62′)
      • R. Ferdinand
      • N. Vidic
      • J. Evans
      • M. Carrick
      • R. Giggs
      • A. Valencia
      • Nani Substitution Out (81′)
      • W. Rooney Goal
      • J. Hernández

      Subs

      • M. Owen
      • P. Scholes Substitution In62′
      • D. Berbatov Substitution In81′
      • P. Evra
      • B. Amos
      • C. Smalling
      • Anderson
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