Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers: Patchwork United Spoil Fergie’s Birthday Celebrations (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

1st, January 2012


By Alan Duffy

Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers – Premier League – 31st December 2011

With a starting 11 which included Rafael in midfield and Michael Carrick at centre-half (and without Wayne Rooney), this was never going to be a vintage Manchester United performance. However, even the most pessimistic fan of the Red Devils couldn’t have predicated the finishing scoreline.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has suffered some appalling abuse from a section of Rovers’ fans this season, but the Scot came to Old Trafford buoyed by his side’s recent draw at Anfield. Indeed, the visitors went at United from the off, and were a goal up after just 16 minutes, when Yakubu scored with a spot-kick after Dimitar Berbatov clumsily pulled Chris Samba’s shirt in the box.

The veteran Nigerian (he must be about 50 by now, never mind what his birth cert says), made

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