Blackburn 0 Man United 0
Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester United 0, Ewood Park, English Premier League, April 11, 2010. Manchester United suffered a third major blow in the time span of just eight days as they could only manage a goalless draw against old rivals Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. United created most of the goal scoring opportunities, but the packed Blackburn defence managed to keep the visiting team at bay in a Premiership match which never really caught fire.
In the reverse Premier League fixture on the 31st of October 2009, Manchester United had comfortably defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Old Trafford through goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney in the 55th and 87th minute of the tie respectively. Blackburn were undefeated in their last four games, however, and Sam Allardyce´s players were potentially capable of creating an upset against The Reds at Ewood Park. Manchester United had the better side on paper, though, and Sir Alex Ferguson´s boys were firm favourites to win the clash with The Riversiders. The Old Trafford boss had made as many as six changes to the team which had started the Champions League Quarter-Final Second Leg game against Bayern Munich at The Theatre of Dreams earlier in the week, but the Premier League meeting with Blackburn Rovers turned out to be an exceedingly boring affair. Blackburn barely threatened during the first forty-five minutes, and even though they grew more into the game following the resumption, they were never as dangerous as the visitors from Manchester. The Blue and Whites did have their scoring chances, but poor finishing in front of the goal let them down. With leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney missing the fixture after seriously injuring his ankle during the Champions League Quarter Final against The Bavarians, Manchester United started the tie at Ewood Park with Dimitar Berbatov and Federico Macheda up front, but they both failed to break down the resilient defence of the opposition. And when Ferguson eventually replaced Ryan Giggs with Republic of Ireland midfield player Darron Gibson twelve minutes into the second half, the blatantly cosmetic character of the change was shown in the fact that it changed nothing at all. Anyway, Manchester United should have scored in the 80th minute of the tie when an accurate cross from hard running right fullback Gary Neville found Berbatov, but the massive centre forward shot straight at Blackburn and Three Lions goaltender Paul Robinson. As an ultimate result of all this opportunity squandering, United dropped two priceless points and the high hopes of landing a record breaking 19th English Football League title were more or less about to vanish into thin blue air. Rovers, meanwhile, were undoubtedly relieved to earn a point from a game in which they struggled for long periods of time. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Paul Scholes, Valencia, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda. Substitutes: Darron Gibson, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Ji-Sung Park, Gabriel Obertan, Tomasz Kuszczak.