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Man Utd   7 - 1   Blackburn

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov
Berbatov benefited from Nani and Rooney's tireless work

By Saj Chowdhury

Dimitar Berbatov scored five as Manchester United thrashed Blackburn.

Berbatov gave United the lead from Nani's delivery before Park Ji-Sung combined with Wayne Rooney for 2-0.

Berbatov pounced on a Pascal Chimbonda backpass to score the third before grabbing his hat-trick with a firm strike from just inside the area.

Nani lashed in to make it 5-0, Berbatov followed up Park's blocked shot and then fired in an angled strike before Chris Samba's late consolation header.

United's Bulgarian ace became the fourth player to score five goals in a Premier League game, joining former United striker Andy Cole, Newcastle's Alan Shearer and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

But both Wayne Rooney and Nani had a huge hand in helping Berbatov achieve his feat during a victory that United fans will savour for a while, not only because it took them to the top of the league but because of the manner of the performance.


Despite going into the match unbeaten in their last 28 matches, their displays during the last few weeks have been too reliant on their battling qualities rather than the fluency fans are used to.

Part of the reason had been Berbatov's form - after scoring seven goals in his first six games he had gone 10 matches without adding to his tally. Rooney's lack of form following his injuries and U-turn on seeking a move had hardly helped.

Against Blackburn the telepathy between the pair was back, as was their touch.

The pair combined as early in the second minute for the opener when Nani's free-kick was met with the faintest headed flick from Rooney and Berbatov stuck out his leg to finish from six yards.

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Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson, who was injured in a collision with Anderson in the lead up to the goal, did well to claw away United's next effort when he denied Patrice Evra from Nani's corner.

But even if there were two Robinsons in goal, Rovers could not have stopped United's second.

It was Nani again who started the move as he fed Park. The South Korean played a one-two with Rooney on the edge of the area before running on and poking his shot past Robinson.

If that was sublime, the third was stupid - on the part of Rovers.

Chimbonda, 40 yards from his goal on the left touchline and under little pressure, played a terrible backpass to Robinson which was intercepted by Berbatov, who smashed the mistake past the Rovers number one.

It was 3-0 at half-time, and any hopes Sam Allardyce's Rovers had of United easing off the accelerator were shattered two minutes after the break.

Nani sped down the right then cut inside and laid the ball back to Berbatov, who began the move he started inside his own half with an effort high into Robinson's net.

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A minute later Nani got his personal reward when he cut inside Chimbonda to place his effort past Robinson.

A sixth arrived as Rafael da Silva raced into the 18-yard box before playing in Park, whose attempt was blocked by Samba only for Berbatov to smash in.

And with 20 minutes left to play, Berbatov joined an elite list by sliding in his fifth from an angle after his attempt to square the ball to Rooney at the far post was thwarted.

Blackburn's only effort on target resulted in a goal when Samba nodded in substitute Josh Morris's cross eight minutes from time.

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 7-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Berbatov 2
  • Park Ji-Sung 23
  • Berbatov 27
  • Berbatov 47
  • Nani 48
  • Berbatov 62
  • Berbatov 70
  • Samba 83

Man Utd




Ref: ProbertAtt: 74,850


  • Man Utd 59%
  • Blackburn 41%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 11
  • Blackburn 2

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 4
  • Blackburn 1


  • Man Utd 5
  • Blackburn 2


  • Man Utd 6
  • Blackburn 6
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:12 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 89:06 Patrice Evra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 88:48 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 84:20 Effort on goal by Rafael Da Silva from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 82:52 Josh Morris provided the assist for the goal.
  • 82:52 GOAL - Christopher SambaMan Utd 7 - 1 Blackburn Christopher Samba grabs a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 7-1 Blackburn.
  • 82:18 Outswinging corner taken by Josh Morris, Christopher Samba takes a shot.
  • 81:18 Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball.
  • 79:58 Oliveira Anderson takes a short corner.
  • Correction - 79:22 Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 79:22 Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
  • 78:23 Rafael Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Morris. David Dunn sends in a cross, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 77:55 Josh Morris fouled by Oliveira Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Dunn.
  • 77:46 Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 76:47 Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:33 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
  • 76:17 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 75:34 Josh Morris crosses the ball, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
  • 71:38 Substitution Gabriel Obertan comes on in place of Ji-Sung Park.
  • 71:01 Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 69:27 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovMan Utd 7 - 0 Blackburn Dimitar Berbatov fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 7-0 Blackburn.
  • 68:05 Patrice Evra fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 66:30 Dimitar Berbatov sends in a cross, blocked by Paul Robinson.
  • 65:34 Ji-Sung Park produces a cross, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 64:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Luis Nani. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:24 Substitution Nemanja Vidic leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Evans.
  • 61:28 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovMan Utd 6 - 0 Blackburn A goal is scored by Dimitar Berbatov from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 6-0 Blackburn.
  • 59:47 Luis Nani delivers the ball.
  • 57:31 Unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:40 Luis Nani crosses the ball, Paul Robinson gets a block in.
  • 53:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 53:33 The referee blows for offside against Jason Roberts. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:13 Substitution El-Hadji Diouf goes off and Josh Morris comes on.
  • 51:13 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Amine Linganzi coming on for Brett Emerton.
  • 47:47 Assist on the goal came from Oliveira Anderson.
  • 47:47 GOAL - Luis NaniMan Utd 5 - 0 Blackburn Luis Nani scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 5-0 Blackburn.
  • 46:35 Luis Nani provided the assist for the goal.
  • 46:35 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovMan Utd 4 - 0 Blackburn Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-0 Blackburn.
  • 45:01 The second

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 15 19 31
2 Arsenal 15 15 29
3 Chelsea 14 19 28
4 Man City 15 8 26
5 Bolton 15 6 23
6 Tottenham 14 2 22
7 Sunderland 15 1 20
8 Stoke 15 0 20
9 Liverpool 14 -1 19
10 Blackpool 15 -6 19
11 West Brom 15 -6 19
12 Newcastle 14 1 18
13 Blackburn 15 -7 18
14 Birmingham 15 -2 17
15 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
16 Everton 15 -2 16
17 Fulham 15 -3 15
18 Wigan 15 -15 14
19 Wolves 15 -10 12
20 West Ham 15 -12 12

see also
Ferguson hails five-goal Berbatov
27 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Saturday football as it happened
27 Nov 10 |  Football
Saturday football photos
27 Nov 10 |  Premier League


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