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The team’s planning for this game was probably quite simple- score some goals against the weakest side in the league and go top of the table. However, for fans, recent developments with the stewards, special CES security and the police meant military precision was needed just to get a plain flag into the ground with no words on it. While other grounds turn a blind eye to flares, beer bottles and laser pens, Old Trafford no longer allows green and gold flags. Great. Read more
This fixture was always a potential stumbling block, especially with the absence of Rooney. Blackburn had played the rest of the “big 4” without losing so far this season, including a draw at Stamford Bridge, and breaking them down would not be easy. However, United’s fluent passing and movement from the first whistle was tremendous and reassured everyone in the crowd that 3 points were there to be had.