Last Updated: 11/04/10 3:26pm
Well that is a big blow for United in the Premier League title race. They stay second in the table and miss the chance to go top.
Gibson and Scholes play a one-two and Gibson tries a strike...blocked. Nani then hits it, deflected, and Robinson claims!
Nani brings it forward again and puts it in the box..cleared. Paul Scholes goes down in the area, it falls to Neville who hits it...narrowly wide!
Blackburn are standing tall and look set to deny United two points in their quest for a league title. This would be a big blow.
Nani brings it forward with great pace and United have a man over, but that man is Rio Ferdinand and the move breaks down. Ferdinand is playing as a striker with his injury!
Park is fed in by Berbatov at the other end but instead of hitting it he takes it forward and loses it.
Pedersen goes for glory from ridiculous range, blocked well. Blackburn come again though and they have a shot from inside the area!...super block from Gary Neville, who threw his body in front of it!
Nzonzi brings it out of defence and Blackburn manage to clear. Gibson then shoves Kalinic to the ground and picks up a yellow card.
Blackburn break as the ball is played up to Kalinic. He finds Diouf and the African forward hits it...blocked. Ferdinand is struggling out there.
Ferdinand looks to be struggling with a groin problem but Ferguson has made all his changes already. United press now and Nani appeals for handball in the area...nothing given.
Park hits it at Phil Jones and United win a corner. Nani puts a high one in and the header is blocked by Blackburn, it nearly falls to Park but the defence clears.
Great chance Berbatov! Lovely ball from Scholes to Neville who touches it back from the by-line. It bounces to Berbatov but his strike is straight at Robinson.
Ferdinand makes a hash of a clearance after no communication with Van der Sar. Corner to Blackburn - their first today.
Valencia in oceans of space down the right. He takes his time before delivering into the front post, turned behind by Nelsen.
United press once more as a looping ball comes over the top for Berbatov. He is sandwiched by two defenders and goes down, but he had already handballed.
Park drives forward and goes past two players - the South Korean then goes down but no foul says the referee. Gibson is furious.
Berbatov refuses a simple pass to Nani out wide and instead tries a difficult ball through the middle that doesn't come off. Nani is not happy.
Ferdinand's boot was raised there but no foul says referee Walton, although Kalinic went down. Blackburn have upped the tempo.
United are beginning to turn the screw here, but Rovers are defending well, as Berbatov is down clutching his face.
Nani wins a free-kick after persistent play down the right. He takes it himself and it falls to Berbatov in the area who cracks it...great block Jones! Gibson then strikes it...wide!
Risky backpass from Gary Neville but Van der Sar manages to clear. Can we please have a chance in this game soon!?
Olsson nearly latches onto a long ball with Ferdinand unawares...but the Swede handballed as he controlled it.
Lovely play between Gibson and Nani and the ball falls for the substitute who strikes it...but he drags it well wide. Woeful effort.
United are knocking it around aimlessly at the back but they are creating very little going forward. Macheda is a mere spectator out there.
The Portuguese winger aims for O'Shea at the near post...headed clear. Gibson drives forward and is fouled by N'Zonzi. This is within shooting range.
Gary Neville hacks away the long ball in from Robinson. United try and attack but Nani's ball to Macheda is poor. Gibson is warming up and ready to enter the fray.
Persistent run from Giggs down the left and Salgado eventually tackles the winger. Macheda then puts it in but Nelsen clears.
Givet goes into the header really hard with Gary Neville. The Frenchman won the ball and there is no complaint from Neville.
Jones does really well to keep the ball alive in the area from the long free-kick. He puts it to the front post but United clear. Good pressure from Blackburn though.
Ferdinand receives treatment and Van der Sar restarts. United try and come forward as the central defender comes back on.
Van der Sar slices his clearance out of play. Rovers put it in and Olsson wins the flick-on in the box, but he was offside.
Rhys Stevenson: "Rovers need to win/draw, so Chelsea can focus on a 5/4 point lead on tuesday, up the blues!!! Spurs to win tonight."
Felix Nwaokolo: "I am worried that Man U have not turned the pressure into goals, ultimately, man u will win even though they have done really poorly lately in the second halfs."
Steven Wade: "I strongly disagree with Stewart's comment, how can you sell Nani, he was the only person that turned up against Bayern when Rooney was substituted. As far as this match is going today I reckon we should bring on Fletcher or Park for something different. We need to win every game from now on until the end of the season! Also, Fergie sell the waste of space Berbatov and sign David Villa from Valencia :)"
Andy Melia: "I feel selling nani would be a stuiped decision just like selling ronaldo. If we dont win this match and collect 3 points . . the title is over for us. Even tho we are counting on chelsea losing . . they have tuff games coming up which i think they will lose one at least .. COME ON UNITED keep the faith!"
David Cox from Leicester: "Hi James, I reckon Blackburn can get something out of this game if they get an opening. Man Utd don't look anywhere near as dangerous without Rooney and could struggle to put away their chances. I'm going for 1-1 draw -Berbatov and Dunn (off the bench) to score."
Blackburn are working hard but there is no creativity out there. I get the feeling that United will nick a goal or two after the break and secure a win without having to get out of second gear.
Not the most entertaining first half by any means, but United could have stolen a deserved lead had Valencia tucked that chance away.
Great save Robinson! Valencia was fed through by Berbatov and he had all the time in the world to pick his spot but Robinson stood up brilliantly!
Olsson picks up the ball on the edge of his own box and drives forward up to the half-way line and wins a free-kick after Nani fouled him. Another long ball from Rovers, but yet again, well dealt with.
Blackburn launch a series of long balls into the box, but United stand up to the task well. Rovers have hardly threatened so far.
Scholes catches Grella who was breaking out of defence and Blackburn get some respite. Minimal contact though.
This time the Red Devils come down the left but Nani's cross is headed clear. They are getting a lot of joy down the flanks.
United attack again down the right and the ball is fed in to Macheda, but he can't beat the defender. The Italian has made little impact so far.
Rovers win a free-kick just inside the opposition half. Pedersen knocks it long, headed clear by Vidic.
Berbatov goes down in the box under the challenge of Nelsen! He appeals for a penalty....not given by referee Walton! The arm did go up from the defender.
The corner it taken short and it falls to Nani on the edge of the area...he tries a curler into the far corner...but it flies wide.
Scholes twist on the edge of the box but can't get a shot away. Neville then puts a cross in and Salgado concedes a corner.
Grella fouls Berbatov in the middle and United can come again after Blackburn tried to launch a concerted spell of pressure.
The ball is put in low from the corner but Blackburn clear well. Samba looks to be struggling with a knock out there.
Valencia comes inside off the right but he doesn't shoot with his left, he finds Nani who wins the corner.
The corner eventually comes in and it falls to Nani on the edge of the area...but his shot flies well over.
More possession from United. Lovely play to find Giggs on the left and he puts in a great ball across goal...turned behind by Givet.
Scholes feeds it to Berbatov's feet on the edge of the box, the Bulgarian tries to nick a little ball through to Macheda...snuffed out at the last!
Pressure from the Red Devils and Valencia has a stinging shot from the right...saved by Robinson at his near post!
Long throw from Pedersen and the ball rebounds in the middle off a number of players. It just didn't quite fall for Blackburn.
Olsson is flagged offside as Blackburn played it over the top. United launch another attack as Macheda turns in the middle, he feeds in Nani but the cross from the left is headed clear.
Phil Moore has got in touch: "hiya im phil from manchester and a man utd fan and i hope man utd can win 3 or 4 goals today. come on utd."
A cross from the right is deflected off Olsson and Robinson has to come out and claim with good agility. United are enjoying most of the ball here.
Giggs crosses and Vidic goes in with the header, but under good pressure from the defender, he can't quite get enough on it.
Pedersen launches a long throw into the box but Vidic clears, it goes back to Pedersen who hits it...blocked.
Giggs clips it into the backpost for O'Shea but it goes all the way out of play. Looking at a replay of that earlier Rovers free-kick, Phil Jones went down in the area under the challenge of Neville.
Pedersen drifts it in but O'Shea heads it away. A second ball is put in but Ferdinand's defensive header is beautifully weighted back to the keeper.
More pressure from United but Rovers stand up well. At the other end O'Shea catches Salgado...free-kick Blackburn on the right.
Great play Giggs to bring it out of defence. He then finds Berbatov who twists and turns into the Rovers box, but the Blackburn defence get back well.
Valencia crosses from the right but Grella smacks it clear. United then go long through O'Shea, but the Irishman can't find Berbatov, who is unhappy with the ball.
Chance Samba! Great hold up play from Nzonzi who lays it back to Grella, he crosses and Samba heads low at goal...saved by Van der Sar!
Nice build-up play from United in the Blackburn half. Scholes finds Nani but the Portuguese trickster can't find a way past Samba.
Robinson launches a long ball forward aiming at Chris Samba, but it runs all the way out for a United goal-kick.
Rovers attack and Grella lays a ball off and there is a strike from the edge of the area...into the defender and through to Van der Sar.
Berbatov chipped it over the top and Robinson came charging out to hack clear. United come again though and Valencia goes past the defender down the right, but he slices his cross straight out of play, looking down at the turf.
Nani goes down clutching his head but the injury is not a serious one. Giggs chips the ball forward but Blackburn clear through Samba.
Nicky Brown: "looking good for rovers i would say olsson going to cause alot of problems i say 1,0 to the rovers. their home form will get them through this."
Daniel Palmer: "Blackburn have been good at home recently and i think they have enough about them not to lose to Manchester United and i am predicting a 1-1 draw with kalinic and macheda scoring."
Paul Huff: "Its an interesting decision by Fergie to rest Evra and play Oshea. Oshea needs the matches, but i think Evra will come on in the second half to provide some speed in attack down the left. I say a 2.0 win to united, both goals in the second half."
Chris White: "chris here man u fan from sydney oz, will be a tight game with blackburn playing really tight but the pressure from us will take its toll and im predicting a 3-1 away win."
Charlie Fitzherbert reckons: "Good afternoon. As usual, Fergie's best mate, Big Sam Allardyce, will be making sure his Blackburn team roll over without a fight to assist the Red's Premiership title bid. With or without Rooney, expect nothing other than a Man U win."
Kanna Segaran thinks: "Hi...I am from Malaysia...I am Manchested United Fan and im supporting MU to win in this game...the score will be 3-0...Glory Glory Man Utd!!!"
Liuh-Jang Kwok has got in touch to say: "I'm glad to see Macheda is in the starting lineup, hopefully he will give us more luck to win this game and to retain the title. But, my major concern of today's game will be the central midfield as Fergie is using the two old lads, Giggs and Scholes. Both of them are not really defensive. But I still think united are going to grab the 3 points."
Fancy a bet on the game? Skybet have priced Blackburn at 6/1, the draw is 10/3, while a Man Utd win is 4/9. Plenty of short priced looking bankers today and United start the afternoon in many accumulators and the big hitters have forced them into 4/9 in singles too. Berbatov and Macheda lead the line at Ewood Park and of the two the Italian looks the better value at 9/2 to open the scoring.
Patrice Evra is replaced by John O'Shea, who was handed his first start since November, whilst Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce springs a surprise by selecting Vince Grella ahead of David Dunn in midfield.
Sir Alex Ferguson hands Federico Macheda his first Premier League start of the season as United look to revive their flagging title campaign. The Italy Under-21 international partners Dimitar Berbatov in a much-changed line-up, showing six changes to the side that bowed out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich in midweek.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, O'Shea, Valencia, Scholes, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Macheda. Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Park, Jonathan Evans, Fletcher, Obertan, Gibson.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Jones, Givet, Nzonzi, Grella, Emerton, Pedersen, Olsson, Kalinic. Subs: Brown, Nelsen, Dunn, Roberts, Andrews, Diouf, Di Santo.
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Arsenal, meanwhile, are in action on Wednesday against arch-rivals Tottenham, meaning United must win this afternoon to keep the pressure on.
Chelsea currently lead the Red Devils by two points and as they were in FA Cup duty yesterday, they don't play in the league until Tuesday when Bolton travel to Stamford Bridge.
United can go back to the top of the table with a win at Ewood Park today, but make no mistake, Rovers will not be rolling over.
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