Man United 2 Blackburn 2
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.
Manchester United Quickfacts
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