Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Review

manchester united 7-1 blackburn

United at last stamped their mark on the Premier League with an inspired performance against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

he stage was set for United to prove that they’re the team capable of getting a stranglehold on what has so far been a very open title race this season by Dimitar Berbatov after just a minute of play, the striker slamming the ball home from six yards. There was a hint of controversy to the goal, with Paul Robinson colliding with Anderson in the build-up, but United cared little as Berbatov combined dangerously with Wayne Rooney and Nani in the final third time and time again in the minutes immediately following the opener.
It was Rooney, who strangely failed to get on the score sheet today, who set up the second United goal, the England striker picking out Ji-Sung Park, who stroked the ball calmly into the back of the net. Blackburn, shocked after such a quick start from the home side, shot themselves in the foot for United’s third, Pascal Chimbonda playing a pitiful backpass to Robinson that allowed Berbatov to pounce and smash past the helpless Blackburn goalkeeper.
United could, and perhaps should, have added to their tally before the half-time break, with Nani looking particularly impressive and Rooney hitting his stride on a couple of occasions, but the first few minutes of the second half put to bed any creeping doubts in the Old Trafford crowd concerning the home side’s ability to secure all three points, with two quick goals in two minutes.
Berbatov was again in the right place at the right time to grab his hat-trick, collecting a pass from Nani before sending a composed finish past Robinson, whilst Nani turned from provider to scorer shortly after, cutting inside the outplayed Chimbonda to slam home United’s fifth of the afternoon.
Blackburn were simply unable to mount anything approaching a comeback as United continued to pour forward in numbers, hungry for more goals, and it was Berbatov on hand once again to hand the Old Trafford outfit’s goal difference a real boost, this time slotting home a finish from four yards out after a blocked shot from Park. With Blackburn attempting to break forward whenever they did manage to win possession, the away side left devastating gaps at the back for United to break into, and it was that man Berbatov once again who took advantage with 20 minutes of the game to play, this time the striker doing well to beat Robinson at his near post.
Blackburn did manage to grab what can barely be labelled as a consolation goal with ten minutes to go, Christopher Samba powering a header past a furious Edwin Van der Sar, who was a mere bystander for most of the afternoon.
With United creating further chances to score in the dying minutes through Berbatov and Rooney, Sir Alex Ferguson will perhaps be able to reflect upon this result next May as the day his side took control in the race for the title.