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Five times Blackburn v Man United thrilled us

A look at some of their historic encounters over the years.

FOOTBALL 19/02/17 12:22
Blackburn v Manchester United – 5 past meetings

Blackburn and Manchester United meet in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday in a game which is live on BT Sport 2 (4.15pm kick-off).

The teams have met 112 times in all competitions, United winning 51 compared to Rovers’ 32 with 29 draws.

Here we look at some of their historic encounters over the years.

Manchester United 3 Blackburn 1 (May 3, 1993)

(Neal Simpson/Empics)
(Neal Simpson/Empics)

This was the night when United ended their 26-year title drought and started a period of dominance in English football which saw them crowned league champions a further 12 times. They fell behind to an early Kevin Gallacher goal but Ryan Giggs levelled and Paul Ince put them ahead on the hour before Gary Pallister began the celebrations with a last-gasp free-kick. Club captain Bryan Robson, who came on as a half-time substitute, and team captain Steve Bruce then lifted the trophy together on an historic night at Old Trafford.

Blackburn 4 Manchester United 3 (February 1, 2006)

(Jon Buckle/Empics)
(Jon Buckle/Empics)

David Bentley struck a sensational hat-trick and Rio Ferdinand was sent off for a foul which led to Robbie Savage being stretchered off in an extraordinary seven-goal thriller at Ewood Park. Bentley, who only sealed his full-time move from Arsenal the day before, took advantage of some kamikaze United defending to set up Rovers’ first league double over their rivals in 75 years. But Ferdinand challenged him for the headlines after his simmering feud with Savage burst into life again two minutes from time with a clattering challenge resulting in the England defender’s dismissal.

Manchester United 7 Blackburn 1 (November 27, 2010)

(Barrington Coombs/Empics)
(Barrington Coombs/Empics)

Dimitar Berbatov joined an elite group of Premier League sharpshooters with a five-star performance as United demolished Rovers at Old Trafford. Since the new league was formed in 1992, only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermain Defoe had scored five in a single game. Berbatov joined that band, scoring twice before half-time, then three more times after the break. Park Ji-Sung and Nani were also on target before Christopher Samba’s late consolation.

Blackburn 1 Manchester United 1 (May 14, 2011)

(John Walton/Empics)
(John Walton/Empics)

Wayne Rooney drove home a controversial penalty 17 minutes from the end to confirm United as champions for a record 19th time. Requiring only a point to lift their 12th championship of Sir Alex Ferguson’s incredible reign, United had fallen behind in the first half when Brett Emerton’s far-post drive gave Blackburn a shock lead. United looked to be heading for a nerve-jangling final-day ending with Blackpool but help was at hand in the form of Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, who needlessly slid out on Javier Hernandez. Much to Robinson’s frustration, the Mexican went down and after referee Phil Dowd had restored order, Rooney drilled home to finally knock Liverpool off their perch, as Ferguson had promised all those years ago.

Manchester United 2 Blackburn 3 (December 31, 2011)

(Neal Simpson/Empics)
(Neal Simpson/Empics)

Blackburn gatecrashed Ferguson’s 70th birthday celebrations to claim a stunning win at the end of a quite amazing contest. Goals from Ayegbeni Yakubu either side of the interval put the Premier League’s bottom club into a surprise two-goal lead before United hit back through Berbatov. There seemed to be only one conclusion after the Bulgarian had scored twice to take his tally to five over the Christmas period. But despite piling on the pressure, it was United who were undone as David de Gea failed to collect Morten Gamst Pedersen’s corner, allowing Grant Hanley to head home the winner 10 minutes from time. It represented Steve Kean’s best win as Blackburn manager, taking them off the foot of the table.

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