Tuesday January 25, 2011 Day 16 Finished Bloomfield Road

Blackpool 2 - 3 Manchester United

  • Cathcart 15’
  • Campbell 43’
  • Berbatov 72’, 88’
  • Hernández 74’

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  1. United grab late win at Blackpool

    United grab late win at Blackpool

    Dimitar Berbatov hit a brace as Manchester United came from two goals down to beat Blackpool 3-2 in the Premier League at Bloomfield Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackpool
    • Manchester United
    • FT And there's the final whistle! It finishes Blackpool 2-3 Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson's men go five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
    • 90+9' Eardley whips in a cross from the left but it's just over Campbell's head!
    • 90+9' Giggs has been superb for United since coming on at half-time.
    • 90+8' United are happy to keep possession... until Giggs shows a turn of pace down the left, but the Welshman can't pick out a United team-mate in the box.
    • 90+6' The Blackpool faithful erupt as the hosts win a throw deep in the United half but the visitors hold firm to disposses Phillips and clear.
    • 90+5' United, in no rush whatsoever, play the corner short to wind the clock down.
    • 90+4' Berbatov drifts free on the left and races towards the byline before trying to cut back for Giggs, but it's deflected out for a corner.
    • 90+3' Ian Holloway is desperately trying to inspire his troops from the sideline.
    • 90+2' Adam whips in a left-footed cross but Vidic rises to head clear.
    • 90+1' There will be 10 minutes of added time! Can Blackpool take advantage?
    • 90' Blackpool are absolutely out on a limb and look like they're playing extra-time. Credit to the hosts, however, they're still throwing bodies forward in attack.
    • 89' That's three goals in 16 minutes from the league leaders. How many times have we seen them play badly but come from behind to win?
    • 88' GOAL! Manchester United lead 3-2! Scholes releases Berbatov in the right channel and the Bulgarian unleashes an unstoppable left-footed shot past Kingson.
    • 86' Word is that Rafael is only suffering from concussion but nothing worse than that.
    • 85' Hernandez runs clear again but this time he's flagged offside.
    • 83' Rafael is carried from the pitch after a lengthy delay, with brother Fabio looking on from the subs bench. We're back underway.
    • 80' UNITED SUB: Anderson comes on in place of the injured Rafael. There will be a delay while the right-back is treated.
    • 79' Rafael looks in a bad way and is being given oxygen on the edge of the pitch. The stretcher's on its way and he'll play no further part in the game.
    • 78' Rafael clashes heads with Harewood and that's left the Brazilian sprawled out on the deck.
    • 78' Giggs crosses from the left but Kingson is quick off his line to catch.
    • 77' Where's your money now?
    • 76' Man Utd are completely dominating this game now and Blackpool will do well to hang onto a draw.
    • 75' GOAL! Hernandez draws United level! Giggs sends the Mexican free and this time he makes no mistake in firing past Kingson!
    • 75' BLACKPOOL SUB: Ian Holloway, looking to shake-up his tired troops, replaces Taylor-Fletcher with Marlon Harewood.
    • 74' That's Berbatov's 19th goal of the season - but only his third away from Old Trafford.
    • 73' GOAL! Nani delivers a great reverse pass to set Fletcher free on the right side of the box and the Scotsman's cross is side-footed home by Berbatov from point-blank range!
    • 71' Hernandez runs behind the Blackpool defence and only has Kingson to beat but the Seasiders 'keeper stays big and saves!
    • 71' There's a lot of pushing in the penalty box but the ref is happy to wave play on as Blackpool break.
    • 70' Giggs' cross is half-cleared and Scholes pounces on the loose ball to fire goalwards but it's deflected out for a corner.
    • 69' Evatt slides in and fouls Rafael just outside the right edge of the box. Free-kick.
    • 68' BLACKPOOL SUB: Varney is replaced by 19-year-old tricky winger Matt Phillips.
    • 67' Wayne Rooney has only scored three league goals for United this term - with two of those coming from the penalty spot.
    • 66' UNITED SUB: Rooney, who's had a very disappointing night, is replaced by Hernandez.
    • 65' Nani's deep cross evades everyone until Giggs arrives at the back post - but shoots wide!
    • 64' Rooney lays off for Scholes on the edge of the box and the former England international unleashes a trademark shot which is too close to Kingson, who parries clear.
    • 63' Adam is a little late on Nani and that's left Sir Alex fuming. Peter Walton duly produces a yellow card.
    • 62' In tonight's other Premier League game it remains 0-0 between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa. Follow that one here.
    • 61' Vidic comes off worse in an aerial challenge with Taylor-Fletcher and leaves the pitch for treatment.
    • 60' Blackpool went into this game after back-to-back defeats - what a way to bounce back to form.
    • 58' United have upped the tempo but Blackpool, who still look dangerous on the break, are offering no way through.
    • 56' Kingson is back to his feet after treatment and can get play underway again with a goal-kick.
    • 55' Kingson does well to get down and smother a deflected shot. The Ghana international has injured himself in the process though. Looks like a twisted knee.
    • 53' United win a free-kick on the left flank but Giggs fails to clear the first man.
    • 52' Campbell, who's drifted out to the right wing, brings the ball down with his arm. Free-kick.
    • 51' Nani cuts inside from the left and shoots from the edge of the box, forcing Kingson to tip wide at full-stretch.
    • 50' Rooney makes space on the edge of the Blackpool box and unleashes a fierce drive which is well blocked.
    • 49' Nani's header allows United to clear Adam's corner.
    • 48' Adam chips in an awkward ball which forces Vidic to head behind for a corner.
    • 47' Anyone reckon Sir Alex got the hairdryer out at half-time?
    • 46' Blackpool immediately attack down the right and Taylor-Fletcher escapes his man before firing in a low cross which Rafael clears from under his own 'bar.
    • 46' Blackpool get the second half underway.
    • - UNITED SUB: Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Gibson.
    • HT Peter Walton blows up for half-time and what a shock we have on our hands. Blackpool 2-0 Manchester United. I wouldn't want to be in the visitor's dreesing room at the break.
    • 45+1' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 45' Gibson soon follows Scholes into the referee's notebook.
    • 44' Scholes is the first player in the book for a late challenge.
    • 43' GOAL! Adam whips in the corner to the near post and Nani, attempting to clear, flicks it back leaving Campbell to nod home at the far stick!
    • 42' Taylor-Fletcher's dummy allows Varney to find Vaughan, whose shot from distance forces a fine save from Van der Sar at full stretch. Corner.
    • 41' Scholes seeks out Nani with a cross-field ball but Berbatov sticks out a leg to expertly bring down it down before rashly firing over from outside the box. That was a sublime touch, however.
    • 40' Smart move by United, which ends in Rafael rising well to beat his man and head goalwards but straight at Kingson.
    • 39' Gibson, who cuts a frustrated figure, hammers the ball into the crowd after it went out for a Blackpool throw-in.
    • 38' Will Sir Alex make any changes at the break? I suspect we'll see Giggs soon enough.
    • 37' Yet another corner for Blackpool, but Adam puts far too much on it, ballooning a left-footed effort behind for a United goal-kick.
    • 36' Campbell puts Smalling under pressure on United's byline but is too physical and gives away a foul.
    • 35' That was United's first effort on target.
    • 34' Gibson works some space 25 yards out and goes for goal but Kingson gets down well to hold onto it.
    • 33' Taylor-Fletcher slips in Varney in the left channel and his deflected cross deceives everybody and goes behind for a corner.
    • 32' Sir Alex calls over Rooney and gives the England striker a few pointers. Rooney responds by moving into a more central position - it looks like United are going 4-4-2.
    • 31' Fletcher trips Grandin midway inside the United half to gift Blackpool a free-kick. Adam floats in the cross but it's a poor one and goes behind for a free-kick.
    • 30' Adam's corner is just over the head of Campbell and Berbatov clears.
    • 29' Gibson only half-clears and Fletcher can't prevent the corner.
    • 28' Referee Peter Walton gives Blackpool a free-kick on the left flank, which Adam will look to capitalise on.
    • 27' Blackpool's last league victory over Manchester United came way back in 1963.
    • 26' Vidic's poor clearance gifts Varney the ball and the Derby loanee squares to Grandin in the box - but he fires miles over despite being completely unmarked. Big let-off for United.
    • 25' Adam exchanges passes with Varney on the right before firing in a teasing ball which Vidic heads goalwards, forcing a smart save from Van der Sar! Nearly a crazy own goal there.
    • 24' Nani has another chance to send in a free-kick, this time from the left, but Evatt heads clear.
    • 23' Nani whips in the free-kick towards the penalty spot but Kingson confidently punches clear.
    • 22' Nani is stood over a free-kick on the right flank. What can the Portuguese do here?
    • 21' Vidic loses his footing bringing down a long ball, giving Blackpool a throw-in.
    • 20' Nani floats in the corner but it's headed clear and Blackpool clear their lines.
    • 19' Gibson has a go from distance but his effort is deflected away for a corner.
    • 17' United's marking was awful from that corner. No-one picked up Cathcart, who was allowed to plant a bullet header past Van der Sar.
    • 16' That's Cathcart's first Premier League goal. The 21-year-old left United in the summer in search of first team football.
    • 15' GOAL! Blackpool take the lead and it's former Manchester United man Cathcart with a thumping head from six yards!
    • 15' Adam floats forward a lovely long ball which forces a corner.
    • 15' Evra looks ok and will just need to get that blood cleared up before coming back on.
    • 14' Evra over runs the ball, leaving Adam to go across the front of the Frenchman, who is left in a heap on the floor with blood streaming from his head. Looked accidental though.
    • 13' This is much better from Blackpool. The hosts have a spring in their step, quickly closing down any United player with the ball.
    • 12' Varney holds up the ball superbly before laying off to Taylor-Fletcher, who sees his teasing low ball cleared.
    • 11' Rafael was lucky to escape without a booking there. The Brazilian has only just returned from a one-match suspension after being sent-off against Spurs.
    • 11' Rafael goes in late on Baptiste, lunging in for no reason whatsoever. Free-kick.
    • 10' Blackpool have started fairly conservatively and are giving their illustrious opponents a lot of space to knock the ball about. That's a risky tactic.
    • 9' Nani shows Baptiste a clean pair of heels but overhits his cross. United regain possession and Rooney lays off for Evra, who sees his low cross from the byline go behind for a corner.
    • 8' Vidic fouls Evatt from the corner to hand Blackpool a free-kick.
    • 7' United break quickly with Rafael and Nani exchanging passes on the right before the Brazilian fires across a low ball which is put behind for a corner.
    • 6' There's a collective sigh of relief around the ground as Adam looks to have shaken off that knock and is waiting on the touchline ready to rejoin play.
    • 5' Adam has gone down clutching his arm. Has he picked up an early injury? He's soon back to his feet but still looks in a lot of pain.
    • 4' Nani knocks the ball past his man but is blocked and the referee blows up for a foul. Free-kick midway inside the Blackpool half.
    • 4' If we've learnt one thing from Blackpool tonight then it's that they're not going to sit back and soak up the pressure. Expect to see the Seasiders go for it from the off.
    • 3' Campbell latches onto a long ball down the right and holds up play well to allow Blackpool to build possession.
    • 2' Ian Holloway has given Charlie Adam the opportunity to put himself in the shop window tonight. Can the midfielder justify the price tag Holloway has slapped on his head?
    • 1' And we're off! Manchester United get the game underway.
    • 19:28 The atmosphere is buzzing at Bloomfield Road... and here come the teams out of the tunnel... Blackpool in their unmistakable tangerine shirt and white shorts and Manchester United in their white away shirt with red trim and black shorts.
    • 19:25 Are we in for a goal-fest tonight? Leave your predictions below.
    • 19:20 Blackpool last managed a league win against Manchester United in September 1963; prevailing 1-0 at Bloomfield Road. Dimitar Berbatov bagged a hat-trick at the weekend but just two of the Bulgarian's 17 Premier League goals this season have come away from Old Trafford.
    • 19:15 The last time Blackpool and Manchester United were both in the top flight the two encounters ended 1-1. Manchester United have now gone 27 Premier League games unbeaten, just two fewer than their previous best (29 – between 26/12/1998 & 03/10/1999).
    • 19:10 Manchester United will go five points clear if they win tonight, while victory for Blackpool will lift the Seasiders to sixth. Here's the full Premier League table.
    • 19:05 Charlie Adam starts for Blackpool despite handing in a transfer request. Ian Holloway has made two changes to the team that lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland, with Alex Baptiste and DJ Campbell in for Stephen Crainey and Matt Phillips.
    • 19:00 Sir Alex Ferguson has made four changes to the side that thrashed Birmingham 5-0 at the weekend. Darren Fletcher starts in place of the injured Michael Carrick (ankle), while John O'Shea makes way for Rafael. Paul Scholes comes in for Ryan Giggs and Darron Gibson replaces Anderson. Rio Ferdinand has failed to overcome his groin problem.
    • 18:55 THE TEAMS ARE IN:
    • - BLACKPOOL: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Baptiste, Grandin, Adam, Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney /// Subs: Rachubka, Southern, Harewood, Ormerod, Sylvestre, Phillips, Edwards
    • - MAN UTD: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney /// Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Evans
    • - Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • 18:50 A quick pointer to today's big news in the football world - as if you haven't heart... Sky Sports sack 'offensive' Andy Gray
    • 18:45 Right then, we're off and running on another night of Premier League action. Stay tuned for all the build-up ahead of Blackpool vs Manchester United, followed by live minute-by-minute coverage.
    • - Welcome to our coverage of Blackpool's rearranged Premier League match against Manchester United at Bloomfield Road. Kick-off is at 19:30 UK time, and our pre-match coverage begins 45 minutes before the game. Video preview (UK only)
  • Summary

    • 90+9' Eardley whips in a cross from the left but it's just over Campbell's head!
    • 88' GOAL! Manchester United lead 3-2! Scholes releases Berbatov in the right channel and the Bulgarian unleashes an unstoppable left-footed shot past Kingson.
    • 75' GOAL! Hernandez draws United level! Giggs sends the Mexican free and this time he makes no mistake in firing past Kingson!
    • 73' GOAL! Nani delivers a great reverse pass to set Fletcher free on the right side of the box and the Scotsman's cross is side-footed home by Berbatov from point-blank range!
    • 71' Hernandez runs behind the Blackpool defence and only has Kingson to beat but the Seasiders 'keeper stays big and saves!
    • 65' Nani's deep cross evades everyone until Giggs arrives at the back post - but shoots wide!
    • 64' Rooney lays off for Scholes on the edge of the box and the former England international unleashes a trademark shot which is too close to Kingson, who parries clear.
    • 51' Nani cuts inside from the left and shoots from the edge of the box, forcing Kingson to tip wide at full-stretch.
    • 46' Blackpool immediately attack down the right and Taylor-Fletcher escapes his man before firing in a low cross which Rafael clears from under his own 'bar.
    • 43' GOAL! Adam whips in the corner to the near post and Nani, attempting to clear, flicks it back leaving Campbell to nod home at the far stick!
    • 42' Taylor-Fletcher's dummy allows Varney to find Vaughan, whose shot from distance forces a fine save from Van der Sar at full stretch. Corner.
    • 41' Scholes seeks out Nani with a cross-field ball but Berbatov sticks out a leg to expertly bring down it down before rashly firing over from outside the box. That was a sublime touch, however.
    • 34' Gibson works some space 25 yards out and goes for goal but Kingson gets down well to hold onto it.
    • 32' Sir Alex calls over Rooney and gives the England striker a few pointers. Rooney responds by moving into a more central position - it looks like United are going 4-4-2.
    • 26' Vidic's poor clearance gifts Varney the ball and the Derby loanee squares to Grandin in the box - but he fires miles over despite being completely unmarked. Big let-off for United.
    • 25' Adam exchanges passes with Varney on the right before firing in a teasing ball which Vidic heads goalwards, forcing a smart save from Van der Sar! Nearly a crazy own goal there.
    • 15' GOAL! Blackpool take the lead and it's former Manchester United man Cathcart with a thumping head from six yards!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Kingson
      • N. Eardley
      • C. Cathcart Goal
      • I. Evatt
      • A. Baptiste
      • E. Grandin
      • D. Vaughan
      • C. Adam Yellow Card
      • G. Taylor-Fletcher Substitution Out (74′)
      • L. Varney Substitution Out (68′)
      • D. Campbell Goal

      Subs

      • M. Harewood Substitution In74′
      • P. Rachubka
      • B. Ormerod
      • K. Southern
      • M. Phillips Substitution In68′
      • R. Edwards
      • L. Sylvestre
    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • Rafael Substitution Out (80′)
      • C. Smalling
      • N. Vidic
      • P. Evra
      • D. Fletcher
      • P. Scholes Yellow Card
      • D. Gibson Yellow Card Substitution Out (45′)
      • Nani
      • W. Rooney Substitution Out (66′)
      • D. Berbatov Goals×2

      Subs

      • M. Owen
      • R. Giggs Substitution In45′
      • J. Evans
      • Anderson Substitution In80′
      • Fábio
      • A. Lindegaard
      • J. Hernández Substitution In66′ Goal
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