United seek fourth consecutive victory
By Andrew Cuff
Sunday 05 Oct 2008 10:00:00
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The Manchester United squad travelled to Blackburn today for a vital Premier League match. The late kick off saw Rooney return to the team alongside Berbatov. The midfield was strangely made up off Giggs, Anderson, Ronaldo and Fletcher and we saw Ronaldo interchanging between the left and right flanks Giggs slipping up into the centre and Fletcher looking after the centre and right sides depending on where Ronaldo was. Rooney who was doubtful to start after limping off on Tuesday night in the Champions League match against Aalborg, but he made a solid return against Blackburn and seems to have regained fitness quickly enough. Gary Neville joined Scholes, Carrick and Hargreaves on the injury bench meaning that Wes Brown finally got a chance to join the starting team for United. James Brown secured his first team match against United after solid performances recently and with Robinson not fully match fit, Brown had a chance to prove his true class.

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The match seemed evenly balanced to start with, both teams with a very attacking mentality and the tackles coming in hard and fast. United seemed to get tied up by the Blackburn defence, as soon as they came into shooting range of the goal. Wes Brown the unlikely first scorer, heading the corner cross into the back of the net. James Brown the Blackburn keeper outraged at the goal being allowed after the keeper felt he had been interfered with. The reply was inconclusive, with two United defenders, Ferdinand and Brown, alongside the Blackburn keeper and a Blackburn defender, making it a bit of a player sandwich. Brown though was credited with the first goal of the match giving United a one goal lead going into the half time interval.Free Online Cashback Website 

Rooney showed how much he has regained his accuracy slotting away an impressive shot into the back of the United goal. Rooney’s third goal in as many games shows he is well on his way to recovery and should prove vital in Capello’s two matches next weekend. Ronaldo providing the assist after Brown forced his way forward to put Ronaldo in possession who put a lovely pass into the feet of Rooney, with a stylish shot into the top corner.

United came close a number of time through the game with Rooney trying to chip the ball over the keeper; the shot flopped just over the top of the bar on to the top of the net. Vidic also came close in the first half. United dominated possession and took control of the game fairly early. Blackburn on the other hand seemed to be struggling to keep possession; Van der Sar did not have a lazy game with a number of shots on goal and aimed towards goal. Van Der Sar and the United defence managed to keep Blackburn out, Blackburn were also dealt a horrible blow when Santa Cruz was substituted after injuring himself.

United deserved the win after constant pressure and we now just have to wait for tomorrows results to see the position United end up in the League table.

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