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Ewood Park is the venue for todays premier league fixture between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United. Morten Gamst Pedersen returns to the starting line up, as well as Andre Oijer who replaces Danny Simpson due to loan rules. Matt Derbyshire starts up front, whilst Warnock and Tugay hold there spots in the centre of midfield.

It was Rovers who got of to the brighter of starts between the teams, with a neat interchange between the defence and midfield, setting up Matt Derbyshire. A neat through ball sent Derbs free, however his shot was parried by Van der Sar, and hurriedly cleared by the Man U defence. Roque Santa Cruz looked to threaten, taking on his marker and out muscling the Man U defence, however, the final product was lacking. Emerton tried his luck from far, narrowly missing.

Man U also had there chances, with Berbatov setting up Darren Fletcher, the young striker unable to find the back of the net. Moments later, Ryan Giggs tried his luck, with Brown forced into a great save. Controversy struck, and as always, not in our favour. With a Wayne Rooney cross in the air, Brown attempted to climb up for the ball, however he was bombarded by Vidic and Wes Brown. Wes Brown ended up making contact with the ball, which found its way into the back of the net, however Vidic, made contact with our keepers neck, who fell to the ground. Referee Howard Webb felt there was nothing wrong, to the outrage of Paul Ince and the Rovers fans. 1-0 Man U

Rooney had the chance to send Man U to the lead 2-0 up, however his close range effort was denied by our keeper who definately was earning his penny today.

As the second half flowed on, Roque Santa Cruz was forced of the field, with Jason Roberts taking his place.Not too long after, Man U were on the front foot again, Cristiano Ronaldo showing his dazzling skills, leaving Olsson in the mist. After skipping past Olsson, he hit the by line, cutting a delightful ball into Wayne Rooneys path, who blasted it into the back of the net. 2-0 Man U

As the game ticked on, Man U could have opened up the score line with Berbatov, Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney all having clean chances. However Brown stood up to the task in goals, showing Paul Ince exactly what he is capable of

Full time

2-0 Man U

Star Player

Jason Brown.

Pulled of a string of saves which im sure Brad Friedel would have been proud of. Really unlucky with the first goal, any contact with the keeper is usually a foul these days, but i guess not when it involves Man U scoring.....

Manager Rating

I dont usually fill this box, but Ince was of the mark today. We really needed Warnock in left back, his experience would of benefited the defence. We could have tried either Villanueva or Andrews in the middle, but Warnock was needed in defence

Date:Saturday October 4 2008
Time: 10:34PM


Fair assessment on the game. At least you haven't made the E report about the first goal like vital Bolton did!
04/10/2008 23:23:00
the reason for that is simple we like the rest of the premiership know we play 12 NOT 11 playing you..BUT INCES tactics were DIABOLICAL last season we played the top 4 home and away and drew 3 of the 4..The reason was we played to defend and hit on the counter..sadly your 'big time xx' needs to buy his own brain and stop asking fergie what to do..and needs top play players who have played for INTERNATIONALS and other great European teams like VOGEL of Inter rather than his big time charlie freind from MK DONS who could not score in the championship but expects him to score in this league..
05/10/2008 11:43:00
If everyone's theories were right and we got every decision, we would go SEASONS UNBEATEN oz. We came to Blackburn last season and had two clear breakaways called for offside and about THREE penalty and never got ONE of them! This referee favoring us makes no sense! I guess Vidic wouldn't even have been sent off some weeks ago if every decision went our way
05/10/2008 14:21:00
Ow my player ratings didnt come out, forever i call it how i see it, the decision didnt go our way, however, over the course of the 90 minutes, Man U were definately value for their money
05/10/2008 14:30:00
Any team, any line up, any formation and Im afraid we wouldn't have beat United, they were well worth the win and were/are the better side. We move on to bigger and more important games against Bolton and Middlesbrough. Sounds mad but its true.
05/10/2008 20:21:00
Cheers, sasman. I am however a bit surprised at how different you look this year. Could it just be from the sales of Bentley and Friedel?
06/10/2008 00:20:00
do me a favour oz and stop saying 'we'. because 'I' as a Rovers fan am not scared of admitting that Man Utd do not get favouritism or decisions going their way. how on earth can you say this when they have had massive mistreatment from the FA over the past 10/15 years. its one of the reasons that a lot of United fans dont support England. and also, Fowler and Andrews didnt play!!! so don't bring up that rubbish youve been spurting allover the message board for the last 2 months! We had a decision that didn't go our way..and??. we've already had bad decsions go our way this season too. so take the rough with the smooth and admit that when we lose 2-0 against arguably the best club team in the world, it isn't the worst thing to happen to this club.
06/10/2008 04:50:00
and before u mention it, i meant andrews didnt start. 20 mins of a match when we're already 2-0 down doesnt deserve any blame does it?
06/10/2008 04:57:00
well said ryan, well said, as for forever united, mate we are down a few players due to injury as well, david dunn and steven reid, as well as new signing vince grella, prob makes the team look a bit makeshift
06/10/2008 08:35:00
I was in the Blackburn end, so didn't see the first goal clearly, and I haven't seen any replays (forgot to record MOTD, and wasn't up early enough for the re-rerun...Completely forgot about MOTD 2!). It looked like it was either a howler by J. Brown, or he was fouled. My mate, who had the benefit of Setanta replays, said it was a bit both. Either way, you have to get on with it. The second goal was good play, but bad defending by Olssen. It looked like he tried to out-muscle Ronaldo, but failed. However, the high-light of the game for me, apart from Brown's heroics against Berbatov, was Ronaldo tackling himself on the corner of the box. In general, I thought the referee was fair. He could have given Utd many more decisions that other 'weaker' ref's may have given (Samba's shoulder charge in Ronaldo, for example...). I was just disappointed by the lack-lusture approach after both goals went in. I thought the fitst 20 mins of each half we competed well, and where unlucky not to be in front (Derbyshires shot, which was well saved by Van Der Saar, the rebound nearly falling to Cruz...). But when the goals went in, it was uninspiring. This could be down to Utd's passing, but they were passing unchallenged. The same for the second half. We got into them for the first 20 minutes. They score, we look like half the team we were. I have to agree, and I say this relucantly, with Oz, but bringing on Andrews and Treacy does not inspire the crowd or the players, especially when you have players like Carlos on the bench.
Decimus Poole
06/10/2008 08:56:00
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