Man United 2 Blackburn 2

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Black­burn Rov­ers 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Au­gust 25, 1996. Nor­we­gi­an stri­ker Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, who had joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted from Molde for a bar­gain fee of £1.5 mil­lion the pre­vi­ous month, fou­nd the net on his Reds de­but as the de­fend­ing Pre­miership cham­pi­ons drew two-all wi­th loc­al rivals Black­burn Rovers.

Man­chester Uni­ted had be­en held to a two-all draw by Ever­ton at Old Traf­ford in their pre­vi­ous Pre­miership fix­ture, where­as Black­burn Rov­ers had suf­fered a one-nil de­feat to As­ton Vil­la at Vil­la Park. Ag­ainst the flow of play, Black­burn went ahead in thirty-fourth min­ute of the clash thro­ugh for­mer Shef­field Wed­nesday fa­vour­ite Paul War­hurst, but Man­chester Uni­ted lev­elled the score a mere four min­utes la­ter thanks to Jordi Cry­uff. The Blue and Whi­tes re­gained their ad­vant­age six min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf as Nor­we­gi­an in­ter­na­tion­al Lars Bo­hinen sco­red fol­low­ing a bril­liant in­di­vidu­al dis­play, on­ly for Man­chester Uni­ted to equal­ise for a sec­ond time in the sixty-ninth min­ute when sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer net­ted af­ter his fir­st at­tempt had be­en saved by Black­burn and Eng­land shot stop­per Tim Flowers. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, De­nis Ir­win, Da­vid May, Ga­ry Pal­lister, Phil Ne­ville, Ronny John­sen, Eric Can­tona, Da­vid Beck­ham, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Jordi Cruy­ff, Ry­an Gig­gs. Sub­stitutes: Ga­ry Ne­ville, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer. Black­burn Rov­ers Te­am: Tim Flowers, Hen­ning Berg, Chris Cole­man, Jeff Kenna, Co­lin Hendry, Paul War­hurst, Tim Sher­wood, Stu­art Rip­ley, Kev­in Gal­lach­er, Lars Bo­hinen, Geor­gios Donis. Sub­stitutes: Ian Pe­arce, Gra­ham Fenton.


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Double win­ners Man­chester Uni­ted com­fort­ably be­at Pre­mier Lea­gue run­ners-up Black­burn Rov­ers two-nil in front of a 60,000 crowd at Wemb­ley Sta­dium in the FA Char­ity Shield on the four­teenth of Au­gust 1994 cour­tesy of a fir­st ha­lf pen­alty from Eric Can­tona and a late sec­ond ha­lf goal by Paul Ince. 


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