Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn: Yakubu, Berbatov double
Being host to the bottom team Blackburn Rovers, on the day of the 70th anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United close in 2011 with a 2-3 defeat at Old Trafford.
In the game on Saturday (31/12/2011) , MU appear very dominant since the early minutes. They forced Blackburn to survive and play half court.
Although just relying on counterattacks, Blackburn could even close the first half with a 1-0 lead thanks to goals from Yakubu Aiyegbeni penalty. In fact, they could be 2-0 up early in the second half a second goal by Yakubu.
However, Manchester United did not give up. Two goals by Dimitar Berbatov scored as strong 2-2.
Blackburn eventually the winner was created by Grant Hanley at the normal time remaining 10 minutes. MU could not respond until the long whistle sounded and should receive their second defeat this season.
With this result, the Red Devils failed to displace Manchester City from the top of the standings. They still collect 45 points - equal with City but lost on goal difference - from 19 games. City, who only played 18 times going away tomorrow if you can beat Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Blackburn moved up to 18th with a collection of 14 points from 19 games.
Nani had the opportunity in the seventh minute through a penalty kick from outside the box. But, the ball did not lead to the target.
Many pressed, the visitors can actually ahead in the 16th minute. In a process of counter-attack, they get a penalty after Yakubu violated Berbatov in the box 16. Yakubu who ran as an executioner had no trouble conquering David de Gea.
Golden opportunity to get Phil Jones in the 28th minute has not produced results. Close range kick was blocked by Blackburn defender.
A minute later, Javier Hernandez's turn to try his luck. The shot from outside the box is still widening.
Nani business in the 31st minute also still fail. In a crisis in the penalty box Blackburn, kick players from Portugal is soaring.
MU's best chance in the first half were born in the 44th minute, again by Nani. However, his shot from inside the box can be pushed in an extraordinary way by goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
Until halftime, the position has not changed. MU is still behind 0-1 from Blackburn.
MU direct hit early in the second half. A Nani shot in the 50th minute was still thin on the slide.
A minute later, Chelsea's goal even breaking again. For the second time, Yakubu listed his name on the scoreboard.
This goal begins inability Michael Carrick swept the ball perfectly. Yakubu who mastered the round leather then passes through Phil Jones, cut into the penalty box and rattled Chelsea's goal kick left foot.
But, the score 0-2 just last minute. MU can directly reduce the catch after Rafael's cross from the right side is converted into goals by Berbatov with his head.
MU could finally evened the score at minute 62. Through a process similar to the first goal, Antonio Valencia's cross was met with a flick off Berbatov to tear the Blackburn goal.
Blackburn chance to excel again in the 71st minute. However, the direction of the kick Mauro Formica is still on the thin side Chelsea's goal.
Valencia could endanger the Blackburn goal four minutes later. Bad luck for him, shot volley from inside the box was still hovering over the bar.
In the 80th minute, Chelsea's goal re-broken. From a corner kick, Hanley won the air duel with De Gea. The ball towards goal, and then chased and Hanley rebound with header . Manchester United 2 Blackburn 3.
Last chance for United, Jones strike from corner situation still blocked by Bun at cross line.
In the remaining time, Manchester United tried to equalize, but to no avail. They still lost 2-3.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva (Keane 86 '), Jones, Carrick, Evra, Nani, Valencia, Park, Welbeck, Hernandez (Anderson 46'), Berbatov
Blackburn Rovers: Bunn, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Pedersen, Henley, Nzonzi, Petrovic, Rochina (Morris 55 '), Formica (Goodwillie 85'), Yakubu (slew 90 ')