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Reds at full strength to seal title win

Ed May 14, 2011 Tags: , Matches 150 comments

Sir Alex Ferguson will resist any temptation to rest his star players ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Blackburn Rovers. The Reds require just a single point to seal this season’s Premier League title and a 19th domestic championship, eclipsing Liverpool’s record in the process. But Ferguson says he will play his full strength side against Rovers, with just two weeks remaining before the Champions League final.

The Scot can boast a full squad for the tie as his players gear up for the Wembley showpiece at Wembley, with the returning Darren Fletcher set to feature after completing an hour in the reserves on Thursday night. Ferguson dismissed any thought of resting key players, although the United boss hinted that goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar may sit out the tie.

“We must approach the game the right way and play our strongest team,” Ferguson said on Friday.

“It’s always a difficult game and Blackburn are fighting [to stay up]. They probably need a point. They’ll be trying their utmost to get that point or even beat us. We must put in the same effort. It’s a hard game for both teams but we go there with confidence after last Sunday’s win over Chelsea which was a great performance by us and we need another like that.

“Given the programme he’s been through in the last few weeks, this may be an opportunity to give [van der Sar] a break. They’ve all been important games.”

Ferguson’s comments raise the spectre of the Reds’ boss fielding a reserve team against Blackpool at Old Trafford next weekend as United seek to complete the season unbeaten at home, while the Tangerines chase survival. It promises to be a controversial selection; one that the Premier League may choose to monitor closely.

Indeed, Mexican striker Javier Hernández, who has now featured in 43 matches during his first season at Old Trafford, may be given an extended summer break. The striker leaves for the Gold Cup in June and will miss United’s pre-season tour to the United States before returning to Carrington for training in late July.

“Once he plays in the Gold Cup, Javier will be given a proper rest and we will take it up from there,” said Ferguson.

“His performances in training and in games suggests there’s no tiredness at all but we will keep monitoring that. If we get the result tomorrow he will get the rest. If we don’t then he will play next Sunday.”

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United. Ewood Park, 14 May 2011Ferguson is also likely to add Fletcher to the bench for the Rovers tie after the Scotland captain featured in United reserves’ 2-1 defeat to Blackburn in midweek. Fletcher has missed the best part of Untied’s run-in with a mystery virus but is now in contention to feature in the Champions League final too.

“He played over an hour on Wednesday [for the Reserves]. These kinds of games will hopefully bring him to the level for the final of a European Cup,” added the 69-year-old United boss.

“Hopefully he gets a bit tomorrow, some more on Monday for the Reserves and again against Blackpool next Sunday. There’s also Gary Neville’s testimonial game. There are opportunities to increase his fitness so we’ve got to give him the chance. He’s back training every day. He’s over his virus – it’s just a matter of getting that strength and speed to his game. He’s got the desire to do it.”

The Rovers game is, of course, one in which United should finally overtake Liverpool as the most successful in the land – at least in terms of domestic league titles. While Ferguson’s outfit has long “knocked Liverpool off their perch”, the Scot claims that continuing to win trophies is all that matters. And with Liverpool experiencing a renaissance under Kenny Dalglish, Ferguson says that the Premier League is set to get tougher in the coming seasons.

“I knew it [getting to 19] would happen at some point because of the history of the club,” added the Scot.

“There is a good structure here. We still produce young players really well and our scouting is good in terms of getting young players into the club at the right time. It would have happened anyway whether that was this year, next year or in 10 years’ time. The history and capability of the club would always have given us a chance.

“Liverpool will be galvanised next season I am sure of that. Kenny has signed a three-year contract that settles the club down and there will be plans. It just makes it more interesting next year. We have spoken for years about the big four but teams like Tottenham have not got back into the Champions League this year and they have had a fantastic season.

“It is going to be really difficult next year. It is going to be very difficult to get 90 points again because of the improvement of teams in the middle and towards the bottom of the Premier League.

“There has been an increase in desire from teams in those positions because the only place you can ever make money in English football is the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Rovers probably require a single point for safety, raising the spectre of a tame Ewood Park draw that suits both parties. Manager Steve Keen is without on loan striker Mame Biram Diouf, who is ineligible to face his parent club. But the 43-year-old can welcome back defender Phil Jones, who has recovered from a back problem, while Michel Salgado and David Dunn are both fit.

Keen’s men are unlikely to face United’s top goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov though, with the Bulgarian again set for the United bench. The striker scored five in the corresponding fixture at Old Trafford but has started just one of United’s past 14 fixtures. It is a fall from grace that that corresponds directly to Hernández’ rise.

Yet, on this ground almost around 12 months ago the Bulgarian put in one of his most insipid performances in a Reds shirt, leading to a scoreless draw that ultimately cost United the Premier League title.

It seems unlikely that United, Berbatov or not, will “muck this up” in a similar way on Saturday.

Match Facts
Premier League. Ewood Park, Blackburn. 14 May 2001, 12.45pm.

Teams
United – 4411 – Kuszazck; Fabio da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, OShea; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park; Rooney; Hernandez. Subs from: van der Sar, Brown, Evans, Smalling, Rafael da Silva, Gibson, Owen, O’Shea, Berbatov, Nani, Anderson, Evra.

Rovers – 442 – Robinson; Olsson, Samba, P Jones, Givet; Emerton, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Pedersen; Roberts, Santa Cruz. Subs from: Bunn, Formica, Mwaruwari, Hanley, Rochina, Andrews, Formica, J Jones, Kalinic, Diouf.

Officials
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistant referees: Andy Halliday & Scott Ledger
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

Form
Rovers – DDLLWD
United – DWWLWW

150 comments

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Come on united, todays the day to make it 19.

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

I dreamt that we lost it and had to wait till the last day…ffs following Utd disturbs ya sleep.

han - May 14, 2011 Reply

Spike said:
I dreamt that we lost it and had to wait till the last day…ffs following Utd disturbs ya sleep.

so does having a wet dream…
ffs am i the only one who is nervous today as i have been since Thursday?
we need to start off like sunday – an early goal would be just fantastic

Calvino - May 14, 2011 Reply

A point at Ewood? Not a problem. One thing this side has done convincingly this season is get what they need at the time they need it. I have little fears about this match at all. This was a team that swatted Schalke aside with alarming ease despite people fearing that we might underestimate them.

Blackburn will be put to the sword from the start. SAF would have told all the big players to win this game and then have next weekend off so they can prepare for Barcelona and they will.

Spudiator - May 14, 2011 Reply

I have no fears about today, this is a team we demolished 7-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, and I can see nothing in them to suggest an upset on the cards. A comprehensive win should be in the bag to confirm the title in style. I reckon 3-0, Rooney, Chicharito and Berbatov to score.

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

Kus, Fabio, Vidic, Rio, Evans, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Rooney, Chicharito

in order

sheesh you cunt

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Buzzing can’t wait for the game to start.

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

united sunderland shrewsbury and hudd/bmouth draw is the bet

did 30 on city to win fa cup..will be happy either way then,

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

madredmonkey said:
Buzzing can’t wait for the game to start.

you posting this in all the threads?

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Yes, so up for it today, and football to.

captainhormone - May 14, 2011 Reply

4 – 0 united

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Sopcast – 6816 working…

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Here we go.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Ace ball from Rooney out wide

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Giggs slide tackle

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

35 years fuck all

We all hate Leeds scum

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Come on united.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Fuck’s sake PIG

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

What the fuck is that Polish cunt doing

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

ffs… Kojak… and that’s why you don’t play more.

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Jesus…

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Fuck off

That all comes from the keeper’s fuck up

That one moment of bullshit from PIG saw them grow in belief

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

Now start fucking playing United and Fergal get rid of that fucking goalie

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

pig you total knobhead… how can you demand a place in our team….

fuck me …

Calvino - May 14, 2011 Reply

Goodness me!! What happened people? I am at work arent I?

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Calvino said:
Goodness me!! What happened people? I am at work arent I?

Kojak happened.

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

kzk is a dick.. should have been cleared much earlier i suppose..
ball in from their left went right across the box and emerton pokd home.. we had 6/7players in the box

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Calvino said:
Goodness me!! What happened people? I am at work arent I?

PIG dropped the ball earlier on

They grew in belief, piled on the pressure and scored

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

So important to sign a sensible normal not weird goalkeeper to replace Van Der Sar

Otherwise we won’t win anything

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

At this point Blackburn are more likely to score than we are.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

He’s onside you total fucking useless cunts

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

What the fuck is that cunt Kojak doing ???????

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

This is embarrassing

It’s a bad call from Fergie to play PIG

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

We’ve lost the support from the United mob now n all ‘cos they’re all bricking it

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

We look lethargic. This is supposed to be our first choice line up. FFS

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

Awaits flying football boots and anything that isn’t tied down Roll on the HAIRDRYER !!!

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Poor, fergie, sort it out.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

This is the last 45 minutes PIG will play for us

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Han & Cal

ffs. do you two only read what you want to?
We will be lucky to draw this, but I see a lost game cause of a PIG in goal.

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Well… that was fun.

One more stupid fuck up from Kojak, and he’s got to come off… I’d rather have O’Shea in goal ffs.

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

Fair enough the goalie fucked up but it’s not as if we have been creative in the middle of the park. Usual away form from us. Pathetic.

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

PIG is really fucking annoying!! I want to smash the fucker right in his face!!

NOW COME ON UNITED!!!!!!

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

B’pool-Bolton..cracker of a game!
switchin tween the two.

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

We need an early goal or this is going to wind me right up!

sheesh - May 14, 2011 Reply

PIG has been a fucking liability but, more to the point, why have we been so shit with the ball despite having tons of possession? One header that hit the bar and that’s all we have to show for in terms of chances created.

Nani is a cunt. That first half exemplifies why he must not start against Barcelona.

We better not fuck this up today. No excuses.

Do we want to win the league or what? Wake up you shower of cunts.

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Should prolly change Kuszchak for Rob Green in summer?

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

wtf?..the ref is blind!

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

That’s better. 2nd half hairdryer still fresh in the overpaid fuckers ears.

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

Poor play from Hernandez.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Another good tackle from Carrick

He’s been good so far

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Another good tackle from Carrick

He’s been good so far

Yeah agreed. Tackling intercepting and distribution been spot on.

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Carrick is a useless drop of spunk

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Another good tackle from Carrick

He’s been good so far

I’ve a feeling he might score today… he’s getting the space, and he seems to be looking to shoot.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Scholes warming up to come on and then get sent off

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

WAKE UP CUNTS

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

I can see them scoring before we do FFS

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Scholes warming up to come on and then get sent off

I think he’s coming on for Valencia…

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

Anyone know the last time we scored off a corner?

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Pedersen will put lots of balls into the box and PIG is gonna flap about like a cunt

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Blackburn are defending very well.

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

B,burn are tottering..get a goal ffs

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Strange substitution.
We don’t win the ball in the air do we.

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Ferguson is going for it.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Terrible ball from Scholes, almost landed us in it

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

B,pool4:Bolton 3

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

FFS… that didn’t take Scholes long.

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

fffffssss get ya act together Utd

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

What a day to have a mongo day!! Evra on and Berba

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

It’s really strange that we didn’t start with Berba.
He would lack in confidence which he badly needs.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Should be 2-0

Speechless

We’re just shit

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

We are playing utter shite just now there is no fucking urgency whatsoever

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

For fuck sake, we are going down in this game.

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

i still believe

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

We need Berbs… Chico is never going to win a header against this mob.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Pen!!!!!!!!

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Shit don’t give the penalty that’s a disgrace.

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

Thank fuck for that now get the fucker in

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Clear pen

Definite foul

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Never a penalty.

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

250k a week

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Thank Fuck for that..wasn’t a Penalty tho..

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

GETT INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

Get fucking in

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

Hahaha thank you Paul Robinson. What a stupid penalty to give away.

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

That’s the title…

But that was never a penalty for me… all Chico did was kick the ball out.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

It’s not over by any fucking means

We can easily leak another goal here

Play it cool FFS give it to Scholes & Giggs

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

Blog Commenter said:
250k a week

WTF ???

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
That’s the title…
But that was never a penalty for me… all Chico did was kick the ball out.

Defo pen for me
Robinson took the man and not the ball
It’s not a goal scoring opportunity like, but he still takes the player out, so it’s a foul

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

Wasn’t a pen. Tarnishes the 19th, that!

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

bolluxs

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Fucking hell, great ball from Rooney

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

i heard Madrid are offering 20mln for Sweet Pea; is it true?
Do you think this influenced him before the game?

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Blog Commenter said:
i heard Madrid are offering 20mln for Sweet Pea; is it true?
Do you think this influenced him before the game?

Fuck off

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

arunk said:
Wasn’t a pen. Tarnishes the 19th, that!

Of FFS. Go join liveaid.

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

second

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

arunk said:
Wasn’t a pen. Tarnishes the 19th, that!

Fuck off

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Wonder if Mickey Owen is to get the champions’ medal..

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Defo pen for me

Robinson took the man and not the ball

It’s not a goal scoring opportunity like, but he still takes the player out, so it’s a foul

I know what you’re saying Sid… just not for me… the striker is racing to get to a ball he has no chance of doing anything with… except to look for the pen.

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Blog Commenter said:
Wonder if Mickey Owen is to get the champions’ medal..

What for? for absenteeism?

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Fuck off

Just want us to win the Prem without any controversy.

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Big Bobby in the stands again.

Not just a great player, but one of our greatest fans… I love it.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

arunk said:
Just want us to win the Prem without any controversy.

Who gives a fuck though

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

We are United *kicks Arunk into pit*

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

arunk said:
Just want us to win the Prem without any controversy.

With all the shit that’s happened this year?????????

Not possible.

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Who gives a fuck though

The ABU lot!

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

We’re playing a very stupid game if we think this is a finished draw… keep pressing for the win… that will finish it.

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Come on united.

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

is 1-1 against Blackburn enough for goodness sake?
Stretford End was chanting ‘Attack, Attack, Attack’ in November.

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

Finally playing like Arsenal. Lots of passing without going anywhere.

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

arunk said:
The ABU lot!

Yeah, but, fuck ’em

Enjoy it FFS

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Oh ffs give the ball to the Ref

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Lol this is uncomfortable

Both teams have settled for a point

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Game over…

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Just don’t pass it back to Kojak.

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

‘You are the next’ lol

Attack Attack Attack spineless

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
Yeah, but, fuck ’em

Enjoy it FFS

Oh I will. I have waited 34 years for this. Wanted us to do it in style. Maybe we should play Chelsea every week.

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

Well done lads.

Robbo - May 14, 2011 Reply

Looks Down The East Lancs Road And Says “Number 19”

han - May 14, 2011 Reply

u beauts
love it
love it

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Yeeessssssssssssssss

19

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

We are the best in the land!!!

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

“Are you watchin Pool”

…sweet!

LKHF

MUFC: THE RELIGION

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Congrats folks!
Let’s hope Citeh do worse

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

Now to root for Stoke! Lol!

madmax - May 14, 2011 Reply

19!!!! Sweet!!!! Champions!!! Congrats everyone. Feels fuckin great.

Alfonso Bedoya - May 14, 2011 Reply

Rio singin…

“We’ve got our trophy back, we’ve got our trophy back”…

LOL…

Wonder who he’s singin to…

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

Cmon Stoke…..make my day!

Just1n - May 14, 2011 Reply

Hernandez speaks. Lol ariba ariba

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

ANYONE who doesn’t think that was a penalty is quite frankly retarded and has no idea on the rules of football

19!!!!!

FUCK THE HATERS!!! CHAMPIONS!! CHAMPIONS!!

FEELS GGOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!!

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

It might have been a penalty but running to the referees in crowd was disgraceful.
Still at least they should passion for something which is good!

Nineteen!!
(And the record of minimum away wins too)

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

FFS bri.. read up on the foul rules, the ball kicked out of the game, then Robinson took Chico down, he couldn’t have stopped himself anyhow.
So fook it
19!!!!!!

brianofnazareth - May 14, 2011 Reply

Spike said:
FFS bri.. read up on the foul rules, the ball kicked out of the game, then Robinson took Chico down, he couldn’t have stopped himself anyhow.
So fook it
19!!!!!!

So ALL the panel on sky sports are saying the same but WE’RE all wrong!

sheesh - May 14, 2011 Reply

Thank God we got the job done. Now these players need a proper rest ahead of Barcelona.

Relegation battle will be interesting next week. Blackpool pretty much need to beat us to have any hope of staying up. I will be so happy to see West Ham scum go down. Horrible club, horrible fans, etc.

arunk - May 14, 2011 Reply

My day will be complete with Stoke lifting the FA Cup.

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

loving it… beers opened.. move on to the whiskey if stoke do it…

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Caol Isla all the way!
ICUMFIGOVAN, have it you Kenny the Queen

Spike - May 14, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
So ALL the panel on sky sports are saying the same but WE’RE all wrong!

FFS, since when did you get your knowledge from overpaid wankers on the telly?
The ball was miles away when Robinson brought down Chico, Chico kicked it out himself, so Robinson couldn’t get the ball and neither could he have stopped himself from colliding into Chico, most Ref’s side with the Goalie in such situations, as you well know. The Ref gave a easy Pen….and we all know it!

madredmonkey - May 14, 2011 Reply

Get in, 19. Have a good day everyone.

baggio365 - May 14, 2011 Reply

champions…and that a fact

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

i’d rather walk alone 19 times definitely

sidney - May 14, 2011 Reply

Told you we wouldn’t win this match. Had draw written all over it months ago.

Just 5 away wins… but 17 home wins – maybe 18 if we beat Blackpool

Phenomenal

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

we would have won it if we needed too. end of the game was a farce really

Calvino - May 14, 2011 Reply

Still at work and so have not seen the pen. Do I care? Not a jot. We have won. Chelsea needed a dodgy offside decision to beat us and win the title last season – does anyone remember it? Nope.

Therefore, Congratulations people. We have more games, scored more goals and have a better GD than anyone else; 6 defeats in 57 games in ALL competition and in the Champions League final. We are deservedly champions. The ABUs and the London press can go to hell.

han - May 14, 2011 Reply

1 thing that i just can’t work out is the away form in the league this season – it is not abysmal but hardly worth writing home about and yet in europe, SAF had it worked out beautifully; i know teams will attack more on their own turf but 5 victories out of 19 away is perplexing
oh well, i’m not complaining, just bemused

Calvino - May 14, 2011 Reply

As far as the PL is concerned my take is that it is because we do not have proper ball winners in midfield. In the PL you have to be able to battle first to be able to get through the home side no matter their position.

In Europe there is not as much physical challenges to get through; you just play your way into domination.

Who cares anyway, we are CHAMPIONS!!!

ltel - May 14, 2011 Reply

what a dick…..

vlad - May 14, 2011 Reply

Yep he’d better tattoo it – and the badge for that matter

damian garside - May 14, 2011 Reply

Congrats everyone. Party hard. Hope we secure the double in brilliant fashion. And the Charity Shield match next year is with City (will be great to beat them in this). This the year that the city of Manchester wins practically everything?

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