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Man Utd 2-1 Blackburn

I have clear images in my mind of Liverpool fans celebrating the title in November, they seem to forget that the important trophies get handed out in May. As the Scousers held on to gain a valuable point at home to Southampton, (and storm into fifth place!) United were widening their lead at the top of the Premiership.

The headlines will no doubt be all about Ruud van Nistelrooy. Scoring in 9 games in a row he has made a huge impression in such a short space of time, and apart from his spectacular bicycle kick that crashed against the cross bar today, its hard to think of him missing a clear chance.

But there was more to today’s game than Ruud, although in all fairness not too much. Keane was outstanding as usual and it was fitting that he scored the winner. It gets repetitive highlighting his hunger and desire every week, but it is a crucial and ever present factor in United’s winning runs both now and in past seasons. Also of note was Veron getting slightly more involved than in other matches and showing promising signs of improvement.

Both the atmosphere and game were poor today. United were shaky and seemed distracted, almost as if they already had their minds on the Liverpool game. Blackburn, for all their efforts, are not especially threatening on the ball, although they fully deserved their goal. Andy (sorry, Andrew) Cole received a fantastic reception and applauded the Stretford End later commenting it brought a tear to his eye to hear the loyalty from the reds. Equally loud was the reception for Mark Hughes when he came on in the second half; he will always be a king to the red half of Manchester.

An average performance but three more points making it 24 out of 24. They have won the last two games without playing well, have shown they can come back from being a goal down, and have also clearly beaten title rivals Newcastle. The United of old are well and truly back, and they have a score to settle with the Scousers on tuesday. It promises to be a big game and as it is not a morning kick off the atmoshere should be electric.

Form is temporary, class is permenant. We’re back and out for revenge, the rest had better beware.

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