Wednesday, May 12, 1999 Published at 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
Rovers down as United march on
Ryan Giggs tests Stephane Henchoz
Blackburn 0-0 Man United
A goalless draw at Ewood Park condemned Blackburn to First Division football and edged Manchester United nearer to the Premiership title.
United dominated territory and possession for most of the 90 minutes, but it was Ashley Ward, one of Kidd's many signings, who missed a golden chance with just five minutes remaining.
But a defeat or draw for United will enable Arsenal to retain their championsip if they beat Aston Villa at Highbury.
Despite a bright start from the home side, it was David Beckham who provided the first real goal attempt - his shot deflected marginally past John Filan's far post.
Already, United were beginning to dominate the game, with the movement of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham troubling the home side.
Andy Cole underlined his recent run of poor form when he missed an open goal after Giggs's header hit the post with Filan stranded.
Dwight Yorke brought the first real save of the match - his powerful shot tipped over by Filan after careless play by the Rovers defence.
Blackburn resumed their pressure soon after, but a failure to create a real chance hindered them, and a clearance from Peter Schmeichel nearly undid them, with Cole latching on to the through ball before shooting straight at Filan.
A disappointing first half for United was summed up with the news that Dutch international Jaap Stam would not be able to compete in the second period. He was replaced by David May.
A move involving Yorke and Beckham saw Giggs played through, but the United winger failed to get his shot past Filan and Darren Peacock cleared.
More United pressure resulted in Ronny Johnsen meeting Beckham's corner with a powerful header which Lee Carsley cleared off the goal-line.
With 20 minutes remaining, Ferguson replaced Cole with Teddy Sheringham.
Kidd, sensing the need for something different, replaced Keith Gillespie with Damien Johnson.
Johnson nearly made an immediate impression, just failing to get hold of Matt Jansen's teasing cross.
And Ward, anonymous for most of the game, should have scored with just eight minutes remaining, shooting wide after Johnson's run had caused confusion in the United penalty area.
The pace of the game continued until the final whistle, but Kidd's men, although brave and spirited, failed to create any other chances of note.
Jack Walker, the chief architect of Rovers' rise to the top of the Premiership in terms of his financial contribution, could not hide his tears as the game's conclusion confirmed the demise of his beloved side.
Blackburn: Filan, Croft, Henchoz, Peacock, Davidson, Gillespie,
Dunn, Carsley, Wilcox, Ward, Jansen. Subs: Davies, Duff,
Broomes, Johnson, Flowers.