Controversy at Ewood Park
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
2-0 Man U
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.....