So here it is. The match in which out beloved club could secure the Premiership title. The 19th title. The title to finally knock Liverpool off their f’ing perch. Avoid defeat at Ewood Park and it’s ours. We become the exact thing that we have already known we are. The most successful team in English football history.
Although on the back of the Chelsea game most fans have already began celebrating winning the league title, make no mistake about it, getting the points in the bag in our next league game could be of the utmost importance. With Barcelona having already wrapped up the Spanish La Liga title, their title winning side have now started preparing for the Champions League final at Wembley. Conditioning and rest will be on the agenda for the Catalan side after such a long hard season. Manchester United will also need to follow suit.
The last time our team met Blackburn, Wayne Rooney’s contract and transfer request drama was just put to bed. The Blackburn Rovers game was his first start after the saga. The beginning of the repentance for his sins. This time round it is redemption for Wayne Rooney. It was probably our finest performance of the season the last time these two sides met. 7-1. Dimitar Berbatov bagged five. Bagging the title would be just as emphatic this time round.
It seems that Darren Fletcher could feature for the first team at Ewood Park. On Wednesday night he came through a reserve team game at Old Trafford also against Blackburn in the Reserve League north final in which they lost 2-1. The Scotland captain completed a whole 65 minutes before being substituted. As a spectator of the reserve outing, I did get the impression that Darren Fletcher isn’t anywhere near 100% fit. Getting minutes on the pitch will be important for him as he attempts to prepare himself for the final of the Champions League.
I expect Van Der Sar to start with Evra, if fit, Vidic and Ferdinand in defence. The right back spot is for grabs however having also seen Rafael come through 45 minutes of the reserve team game I do feel he will be challenging for a starting berth. In the centre of the midfield I predict that Carrick will start alongside Anderson with Fletcher taking a place on the bench. At wide right I am hopeful that Valencia will keep his place with Nani coming into the team wide left to try and pick up the form that he lost after Jamie Carragher’s horror tackle. I predict due to Berbatov’s lack of match practice, he may also come in for Hernandez, partnering Rooney in attack.
The side seems strong, fast, and creative with some players getting vital minutes on the pitch to be in the best shape they can be, come the Champions League final.
The Blackburn Rover’s first team has been settled for quite a while. I expect Robinson to be in net with Emerton Samba Givet and Olsson to make up the back four. Nzonzi and Jones will most probably be the holding midfielders. Since Mame Biram Diouf cannot play vs his parent club, he will drop out of the first team probably to be replaced by Rochina or Andrews. Pedersen is expected to start wide left and Hoillet playing off the striker. Nicola Kalinic put in a good shift for the reserve side so I expect him to be involved in their first team.
In the last 6 matches Blackburn Rovers have only managed to pick up 6 points drawing 3 matches, losing twice and with only 1 win in their last 6. This bodes well for Manchester United as at an average of 1 point a game, this will be enough to ensure the premiership title will be heading our way. In spite of this, Blackburn won their last home game to a Bolton side whose away form has been dire.
Manchester United are joint second in the form table having picked up 13 points out of a possible 16. Our last victory was a big 2-1 victory over Chelsea to swing the title race massively in our favour. Away from home, we have drawn 9 out of the 18 away games that we have played this season, a result that will be enough to crown us Champions of England.
Nemanja Vidic got one hand on the title and the other hand is about an inch from grabbing it. Should we get a result at Ewood Park both hands will be on the trophy but he’d have to wait until the home game against Blackpool on the final day to lift it. As with the case of most away days this season, it will be a tough game. Hopefully our lads make it a memorable day.
#19 – Believe.