Ronaldo stunner rubs salt in Rovers wounds
Man Utd 2-1 Blackburn
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning free kick in the second half was enough for Man Utd as they overcame Blackburn at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney stabbed home to give United the lead after 23 minutes, before Roque Santa Cruz leveled the tie nine minutes later, collecting a pass from Andre Oijer and rounding stand-in keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.The Red Devils had not conceded since November 8 when Arsenal beat them at the Emirates. In total, United had not let in a goal for 1337 minutes.
Jonny Evans then had a goal turned down, before Ryan Nelsen hit then post. This was the first time in months, where United’s defence had been so exposed. Blackburn seemed to grow more and more confident as the game went on.
Ronaldo then gave United the lead, as his free kick found the top right-hand corner of Paul Robinson’s net. The free kick was a trademark strike, one hit with tremendous precision.
Despite Man Utd moving eight points clear, the champions know that this performance was from their best. Sir Alex Ferguson had replace Jonny Evans for Nemanja Vidic, whho was supposed to be rested for the Inter game, because United simply were not defending well.
Ronaldo may have been the hero in United’s win, but was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch after a petulant kick on Blackburn’s David Dunn. Referee Howard Webb gave Ronaldo a yellow card, but his actions deserved a red.
Webb, recognised as the Premier League top referee, had a game to forget as he also disallowed Jonny Evans’ header towards the end of the first half as well as turning down Blackburn penalty appeals in the second half.
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