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Sir Alex Ferguson leads Man Utd celebrations

By Howard Nurse at Ewood Park

A controversial Wayne Rooney penalty was enough to secure Manchester United's record-breaking 19th league title.

The point clinched a 12th Barclays Premier League title for manager Sir Alex Ferguson on an afternoon of high drama at Blackburn Rovers - 25 years after the fiery Scot declared he wanted to knock Liverpool off their perch.

United had to come from behind to write another chapter in their history books after another typically uncertain away league performance in a season in which they achieved only five victories on the road.

They looked to be heading for defeat until Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was ruled to have brought down Javier Hernandez and the visitors were awarded a penalty.

Phelan backs penalty decision

Rooney kept his nerve to fire home the 73rd-minute spot-kick and send United's army of supporters into a title frenzy.

The point took United beyond nearest rivals Chelsea and edged the Old Trafford club ahead of Liverpool, who won the last of their 18 league titles in 1990.

The United players were joined by Ferguson on the pitch for the post-match celebrations while Blackburn's fate will not be sealed until the final day of the season next Sunday when they visit relegation rivals Wolves.

There was a sense of irony that United needed a penalty to make sure of their latest title - the spot-kick decision coming just 24 hours after Ferguson was charged by the FA for praising referee Howard Webb ahead of last weekend's showdown against Chelsea.

Blackburn had taken a first-half lead through Brett Emerton after a mix-up in the United defence involving stand-in goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak who almost allowed Jason Roberts to take advantage of his carelessness.

Kuszczak, who is certain to leave the club in the summer because he wants regular first-team football, looked shaky for most of the afternoon and he was at fault when he failed to gather a harmless-looking cross from Emerton.

He could only touch the ball out to the right where Martin Olsson was on hand to fire it back across goal to Emerton who clinically dispatched it into the bottom corner of the net.

The goal rocked United and for a 10-minute spell Blackburn sensed another goal was possible.

United held firm and Hernandez forced Robinson into a neat save when he turned and fire a low shot which the Blackburn keeper did well to push away for a corner.

Kean pleased with Blackburn display

The visitors survived a few more nervy moments and must have been satisfied to reach the interval without falling further behind.

United were sent out early for the second half, no doubt with the words of manager Ferguson still ringing in their ears, but it was Blackburn who were unfortunate not to double their lead 20 minutes after the restart.

Blackburn surged forward and Emerton's perfectly-placed cross was met well by Olsson who was distraught to see is firm header crash back off the post and away to safety.

The let-off sparked fresh life into United's trembling title challenge and with Paul Scholes and Dimitar Berbatov introduced, the turning point came with 20 minutes left when Ryan Giggs sent Hernandez bearing down on goal.

Robinson came out to challenge him and when Hernandez went down, referee Phil Dowd blew immediately, but went across to consult his linesman before pointing to the penalty spot.

Blackburn were incensed and replays suggested Robinson did not pull out of the challenge before making contact with Hernandez.

Rooney kept his cool to fire home from the spot and from that moment on there was no doubt that Manchester United were heading for the title.

Nani should have made the title safe but wasted a glorious close-range effort. In the end, it didn't matter as United closed the game out with ease.

The full-time whistle sealed another landmark moment of success for Ferguson, who now has the luxury of being able to rest players in the final game of the season at home to Blackpool with his thoughts now turning to the Champions League final against Barcelona in two weeks' time at Wembley.

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 1-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-0)Man Utd are champions
  • Emerton 20
  • Rooney (pen) 73

Blackburn

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 29,867
BLACKBURN
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Blackburn 40%
  • Man Utd 60%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 2
  • Man Utd 4

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 4
  • Man Utd 5

Corners

  • Blackburn 2
  • Man Utd 6

Fouls

  • Blackburn 11
  • Man Utd 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:23 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 79:54 Substitution Luis Nani leaves the field to be replaced by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 76:35 Substitution Keith Andrews joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christopher Samba.
  • 75:36 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Effort from close in by Luis Nani goes wide left of the target.
  • 73:15 Booking Michel Salgado is given a yellow card.
  • 72:50 Substitution David Dunn replaces Jermaine Jones.
  • 72:08 Assist by Javier Hernandez.
  • 72:08 GOAL - Wayne RooneyBlackburn 1 - 1 Man Utd Placed penalty scored by Wayne Rooney. Blackburn 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 70:28 Paul Robinson concedes a Penalty for a foul on Javier Hernandez.
  • 68:20 Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 67:24 Foul by Jermaine Jones on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:06 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:18 Luis Nani fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:37 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 65:27 Brett Emerton delivers the ball, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 64:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Rooney on Michel Salgado. Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:29 Brett Emerton crosses the ball, Header from close in by Martin Olsson hits the post.
  • 63:27 Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 62:41 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 62:03 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 61:20 Substitution Paul Scholes comes on in place of Fabio Da Silva.
  • 60:40 A cross is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, clearance by Martin Olsson.
  • 59:23 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
  • 58:37 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jermaine Jones.
  • 58:25 Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
  • 57:35 Substitution Morten Gamst Pedersen joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Hoilett.
  • 56:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Phil Jones. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 54:53 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:48 Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball, blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 54:05 Centre by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 52:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 49:55 David Hoilett challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 49:17 Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Givet. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:53 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Jones.
  • 48:35 The ball is sent over by Jonathan Evans, Michel Salgado gets a block in.
  • 47:32 Jermaine Jones challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Rooney on Jermaine Jones. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:21 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+1:09 Centre by Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Jones gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:08 Nemanja Vidic fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 44:32 Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 43:25 Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 42:49 Luis Nani sends in a cross, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 42:18 Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Phil Jones makes a clearance.
  • 41:07 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jermaine Jones.
  • 40:35 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 40:26 Antonio Valencia produces a cross, blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 40:08 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Evans, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 38:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Nani. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 37:27 The ball is crossed by Michel Salgado, Shot by Martin Olsson from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 36:42 Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 36:42 Booking Booking for Steven Nzonzi for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Fabio Da Silva.
  • 34:34 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 34:21 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 30:40 Michael Carrick fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:52 Javier Hernandez sends in a cross.
  • 29:37 The ball is swung over by Brett Emerton, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 28:09 Nemanja Vidic challenges Jason Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 27:41 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Michel Salgado.
  • 22:13 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Javier Hernandez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 21:00 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross.
  • Correction - 19:22 Assist on the goal came from Martin Olsson.
  • Correction - 19:22 GOAL - Brett EmertonBlackburn 1 - 0 Man Utd Brett Emerton fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 19:22 Martin Olsson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 19:22 GOAL - Brett EmertonBlackburn 1 - 0 Man Utd Brett Emerton finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 19:11 Brett Emerton takes a shot.
  • 18:13 Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 18:13 Booking The referee shows Jermaine Jones a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 18:05 Foul by Jermaine Jones on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded.
  • 17:29 Nemanja Vidic fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 16:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Michel Salgado. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:20 Ryan Giggs sends in a cross.
  • 13:48 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball.
  • 13:16 Foul by Brett Emerton on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
  • 10:07 The ball is sent over by David Hoilett, Shot from deep inside the area by Christopher Samba goes over the bar.
  • 9:16 Brett Emerton takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Luis Nani.
  • 8:22 Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 7:52 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 7:16 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:10 Javier Hernandez delivers the ball, Phil Jones gets a block in.
  • 6:57 The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 3:30 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Luis Nani produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 1:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on David Hoilett. Jermaine Jones takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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14 May 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 14 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 37 39 77
2 Chelsea 36 37 70
3 Arsenal 36 30 67
4 Man City 36 22 65
5 Liverpool 36 18 58
6 Tottenham 36 6 56
7 Everton 37 5 51
8 Stoke 36 2 46
9 Bolton 37 -2 46
10 West Brom 37 -15 46
11 Fulham 36 4 45
12 Newcastle 36 -1 44
13 Sunderland 37 -14 44
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 37 -14 40
16 Wolves 37 -19 40
17 Birmingham 36 -18 39
18 Blackpool 37 -21 39
19 Wigan 36 -23 36
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
Ferguson delight at record title
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Fergie's delightful dozen
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Man Utd's golden 19
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Saturday football as it happened
14 May 11 |  Football
Saturday's Premier League photos
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