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Blackburn 0 United 2

Blackburn is always a fantastic away game where away fans are welcomed with open arms. Usually local police want an alcohol ban, fans to get there as late as possible and to leave immediately after the game. But Blackburn, with few fans of their own, give United 7000 tickets and turn the fixture into a day of festivity, including erecting a marquee at the Fenhurst pub next to the ground. They also have the common sense to put Sky Sports on in the concourses and serve drink inside until half time, encouraging fans to arrive early and avoid the last minute stampide for kick off. The policies of Blackburn Football Club and the local police should be comended, and many other clubs across the land should follow their lead, which results in great days out with less trouble meaning happy days all around.

United’s problems at Ewood Park tend to be more on the pitch than off it- we have a pretty terrible record and it is never an easy game. There was some optimism amongst Reds before the game in light of Hughes and Friedel having left, but even so this is a team that are organised and fight for every ball. United’s midfield of Fletcher and Anderson with Giggs and Ronaldo on the wings was not necessarily too encouraging either, and how fit would Rooney be when he was named in the line up to everyone’s suprise? The answer is that he was awesome and that the midfield performed brilliantly too. Giggs’ form has been inconsistent and Anderson has not been great this year so far, but along with Fletcher who you expect to cover every blade of grass, they outclassed Blackburn and bossed the game.

In the first half it felt like it might be one of those days. Whilst United’s defence had nothing to worry about, we were struggling to get the opener. Fletcher missed a great chance to be our top scorer when he was played in by Berbatov and shot just wide. Vidic also failed to direct the ball into the net when a ball came flying across the area. But fortunately a short corner resulted in a Rooney cross and a Wes Brown header at the back post. The media seem fixated on this and whether it was a foul on the keeper by Vidic, and perhaps many other refs would have blown for the foul as they are always quick to protect keepers, but ultimately the keeper came and failed to get the ball, and got punished. Paul Ince even admitted that it would not have changed the result and that we were awesome on the day.

And if we were good before the goal, we were amazing after it. Chance after chance went begging with Berbatov pulling the strings and Rooney outshining everyone else with wonderful energy, skill, power and technique. The whistle went for half time with United fans very happy with the display but slightly concerned that we needed another to kill the game. But it was not long until we had that. Berbatov made a great tackle at the left back position- something that shocked most of the Redfs who expected him to be strutting on the half way line- and the team worked the ball up the field. Ronaldo skinned a defender brilliantly and slipped the ball back to Rooney who powered it home and sent the away end crazy. What a goal!

The game was effectively over with an hour left and it was party time in the Darwen End. Tevez came on to give Blackburn more nightmares, and smashed the ball against the post before long. O’Shea came on and played some fantastic balls forwards to put the team into attack. Park also had a run out and typically created problems for the opposition with his determination and crossing. The only shock was that the score remained at 2-0, as even 5 or 6 would not have been that flattering.

Along with Arsenal being held at Sunderland and Leeds losing too, this was a great day out for United. It was a display that built on the last few performances and took the style to another level. To put on such a great show in horendous conditions, which left me with a four hour drive home with every piece of clothing soaked through, is a wonderful achievement and one we need to keep building on. We go into the international break with high spirits and the players itching to face their next opponents. That is a great position to be in and the shaky start has already been made up for, with two of the hardest away games, as well as Blackburn now, out of the way.  

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  1. Hamzah :: October 5th, 2008 11:33 am

    A fantastic win and a great read, keep up the good work Oli!

  2. Dave :: October 5th, 2008 10:27 pm

    Great performance, I thought the first goal was perfectly fine, Vidic, Santa Cruz and the two Brown’s all had their eye on the ball and was more a coming together than anything. The fact that their keeper was late coming for it and didn’t go for the ball at the highest point made it difficult for him and the amount of bodies in there just made it a clumsy goal.

    Thought it was going to be one of those days in the first twenty minutes but once we got the ball down and started passing it around, the result never looked in doubt.

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