Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United
Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
KO: 20:00 (GMT), Monday 2nd April 2012
Referee: Howard Webb
By Paul Bienkowski
After a full week of not seeing United play, now the eve of the match is upon us! It has been an eventful week with Patrick Vieira spouting off again stating that United get favourable decisions at home, as do other BIG CLUBS. I guess Vieira doesn’t include Manchester City in the ‘big club’ category as the fans say they are a ‘MASSIVE CLUB’ and we all know the truth!!
Before yesterdays Barclay’s Premier League matches, Manchester United were top of the table with a 3 point cushion over Manchester City. Sunderland played City at the Etihad and were at one point 1-3 up. This changed in the final 5 minutes with Manchester City levelling the game for the point. Manchester United were last night 2 points clear over City. A win tomorrow night will see United go 5 points clear, with the possibility of going 8 points clear before City play their next game away to Arsenal.
Now Blackburn Rovers have always been a hard team to beat in their own ground, and more recently at Old Trafford where United lost 2-3 back on New Years Eve. United’s record at Ewood Park has not been magnificent to say the least. Over the last 10 league game we have managed to get 11 points out of a total 30, scoring 11 goals and conceding 11 goals. It’s safe to say United need to beat them tomorrow if they want to stay in good stead at the top of the league.
In my opinion United need to keep their heads in the game and stop Blackburn from controlling. Last time they played United were in the middle of an injury crisis and missed the likes of Paul Scholes in the midfield. Since Scholes returned they have been undefeated in the league, which just shows what Scholes adds to the team. He is 37 but still at the top of his game, even after taking 6 months out of the game. Tevez took the same amount of time off from City yet he still is not match fit, yet Scholes is and he’s at least 10 years older!
Now as I am writing this I was watching the Newcastle v Liverpool game and just thought I would say what a good weekend of football I have seen so far. Liverpool lose and Reina gets sent off!! 3 match ban coming up and they play Everton in less than a fortnight!!
Back to United, still they have an injury crisis, but with the like of Johnny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling stepping up to the plate, the loss of Vidic has been softened in defence, also Rio has been having some good games recently, which makes it better. The side we have has been a bit of a gamble, but saying that Sir Alex Ferguson has a way of making most gambles pay off.
United will most likely not suffer a defeat tomorrow night as they have seen what Blackburn Rovers are capable of, but this does not mean they should go into the game expecting them to roll over, as this will not happen. Tomorrow nights game will most likely be similar to the Fulham game from last week, but here’s to hoping it is more entertaining and we don’t suffer the final 10 minutes like last week.
Match Facts – Manchester United
- Last 10 league game form – WWWWWWDWWW
- Last 5 league away game form – WWWDW
- In Manchester United’s last 5 away game they have taken 13 points out of a possible 15
- Manchester United have scored 25 goals in their last 10 league games, conceding 7
- Manchester United’s top scorer is Wayne Rooney on 21 goals
- Manchester United’s last 10 league game at Ewood Park form – DDWDWLDLLD
Match Facts – Blackburn Rovers
- Last 10 league game form – LWWDLWLLDW
- Last 5 league home game form – WDWLW
- In Blackburn Rovers last 5 home games they have taken 10 points out of a possible 15
- Blackburn Rovers have scored 14 in their last 10 league games, conceding 19
- Blackburn Rovers top scorer is Ayegbeni Yakubu on 14 goals
- Blackburn Rovers have been beaten by the same 7-1 score line in consecutive seasons by both Arsenal & Manchester United
Team News – Manchester United
De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Fabio, Fryers, Evra, Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Carrick, Cleverley, Scholes, Giggs, Park, Pogba, Young, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov
Injuries/Doubts: Vidic, Anderson, Fletcher, Lindegaard, Nani, Owen
Star Man: Antonio Valencia
Team News – Blackburn Rovers
Robinson, Bunn, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin, Modeste, Formica, Olsson, Nzonzi, Petrovic, Ribiero, Orr, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Rochina, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Hoilet, Yakubu
Injuries/Doubts: Givet, Salgado, Grella
Star Man: Junior Hoilet
Match Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Manchester United
By Paul Bienkowski