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Manchester United vs Blackburn: 18 becomes 19

by Sam Peoples

CHAMPIONES, CHAMPIONES, OLE OLE OLE!!!!

We did it. We may not have done it in the most fashionable of ways but we did it. What a feeling. Going into the game, a lot of people were expecting United to sweep Blackburn aside and claim 3 points in a straight-forward fixture. I knew that this would not be the case, as I said in my preview and credit where credit is due for Blackburn, they deserved a point from the fixture today.

The first 45 minutes were extremely forgettable in terms of good discussion and Kuszczak showed us why it is so important for us to replace Van Der Sar. I have done an article on what I see as the contenders to replace VDS that I will release later today, so keep your eyes on the blog. Anyway, back to the game. The goal we conceded was a combination of sloppy decision making from Kuszczak and bad marking from Jonny Evans which allowed Emerton to slam home a left foot volley. We continued our season-long run of form away from home which has seen us win only 1 time against a team inside the top 12 (Stoke) and SAF had to rile up the team in the dressing room.

Robinson takes out Hernandez for a clear penalty

We came out in the second half with more purpose and direction, with Nani confusing defenders at points and United looking like a more attacking threat. On the other hand, Blackburn were coming forward still and looked the more likely to score still as they managed to hit the post with a header. Were we going to wait until the last day of the season to secure the 19th title? Never, this is United we are talking about. The turning point came when Robinson decided to go flying at the feet of Hernandez when the ball was gone. The fact that the move was lost was irrelevant and Robinson’s rash challenge gave Wayne Rooney the chance to win the 19th title. After the season that Rooney has given United, with his bad run of form after the World Cup and the disrespectful behaviour seen with the contract, could he vindicate himself and score that all important goal?

Yes Wayne, Yes

There wasn’t a question of doubt as he slammed the penalty home into the left hand side of the net and ran off to celebrate his goal in front of the travelling fans. If we could hold on, the title would be ours. After we scored, we started to look like the composed team full of players that knew they were champions. Blackburn seemed happy to leave the game with a point and let Ferdinand, Vidic and Evans play keep ball around the back. We saw the clock down to the final minutes and the final whistle blew and the travelling United fans erupted as well as the United bench as the title was secured. We were champions.

This season has been full of ups and downs, of twists and turns and coming out on top of such a whirlwind season is fantastic. This season we have seen the meteoric rise of Javier Hernandez, the continued unbelievable form of (Sir) Ryan Giggs and the best goal in a Manchester derby courtesy of Wayne Rooney. It has given us life-long memories that we will surely treasure forever. We can now look forward to the last match of the season against Blackpool next week as just a show-piece occasion. As long as we see out at least a draw, we will have gone the entire season undefeated at Old Trafford. What an achievement. This whole season just reeks of achievement. Giggs equalled the Premier League appearance record of 573 today and Ferdinand made his 600th appearance in a United shirt. Many people have questioned the talent in this Manchester United squad but they can all just sit on their own twiddling thumbs. This United team has balanced experience and youth in such a fashion that we have dominated the Premier League since the turn of Christmas, as has become tradition with United. All eyes will turn to the showdown against Barcelona on the 28th May and we will hope that United can turn this year into another double and a 4th European Cup. Only time will tell but after the season United have given me, they have all my belief. Well done lads, another title and another fantastic season!

Ferdinand posted this picture up quickly on his twitter...21st century man!

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