Blackburn 0 - 2 United
Rafael Evans Rio Evra
Valencia Carrick Scholes(Young) Jones(Giggs)
|Rio made a stunning goal saving tackle that kept us in with a shout|
United's 20th league title is now truly within touching distance. City have cracked under the pressure while our boys kept delivering the goods week in week out. Eleven premier league matches ago, just after that Newcastle game, I tried to convince myself that United were still going to win the league. We were completely brushed aside by an impressive Newcastle side. Fast forward to this present day and, bar a slip of biblical proportions, I just feel tonight's win has won us the league. I know that there's a certain phrase involving counting and chickens but I have that feeling that tonight's win was indeed a massive one.
Two goals scored in the final 10 mins put us 5 points ahead of City. Both of the goals were fit to win any football game. Valencia opened the score with a scorching thunderbolt while Young secured the win by scoring another impressive placed goal. Brilliant goals.
United were much better than Blackburn but Kean's side was quite resolute. Their defence was as stubborn as an angry Balotelli wanting to take a freekick. However, the constant possession we had might have taken its toll on Blackburn's energy levels and in fact they simply gave up after our first goal. Our defence was solid, bar the odd sloppy pass. Rio made one brilliant intervention that denied Yakubu a certain goal. In midfield, Valencia was impressive once again while Scholes, Carrick and Jones weren't as effective as Fergie would've wished.... in my opinion. In fact we looked better when Fergie brought on Giggsy and Young. At the front Rooney was all over the place delivering mouth watering cross field passes while Chicharito endured another miserable night. Our Mexican never re-captured last year's form.
In our goal, De Gea was brilliant. He made a couple of stunning saves and those saves must've made up for his mistakes vs Blackburn at Old Trafford. All is forgiven David!
I'm delighted. This was a massive win, make no mistake about that. Valencia's celebrations suggest that anyway. He rarely celebrates after a goal but he went crazy after today's stunning effort. QPR at home on Sunday while City face Arsenal. Well done to every player, the manager and of course the Red Army who sang their hearts out. I've got a feeling we could be 8 points clear by Sunday night. Let's hope so...