Blackburn beat Manchester Utd at Old Trafford

Updated: December 31, 2011

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Blackburn Rovers prevented Manchester United from going top of the Premier League table after a shock 3-2 win against the champions at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson was celebrating his 70th birthday, and before the match told MUTV that he was stay on for three more years at Old Trafford.

“I think I’ve got three years with the club,” Ferguson said. “As long as my health stays up, as long as I’m still enjoying it, still giving the satisfaction of the team doing its best.”

United dominated the early stages, but in Blackburn’s first attack the visitors got a goal.

Dimitar Berbatov tugged Christopher Samba’s shirt as both players were going up for a header, and referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty.

Yakubu tucked away the spot kick to put Blackburn ahead.

United, as expected, went on the attack, and Blackburn keeper Mark Bunn was inspired as he saved from Nani.

Blackburn held out until half time, and early in the second, they went two up. The ball bounced kindly for Yakubu as he collected it from a thrown-in, and he beat two defenders before blasting it past David de Gea.

Within 20 seconds, United had clawed a goal back. Rafael got free down the right and his cross was headed in by Berbatov.

United were soon level, and again the delivery came from the left side of Blackburn’s defence. Rafael released Valencia, and the cross was swept home by Berbatov.

But Rovers went ahead again with ten minutes to go,when De Gea came for Pedersen’s corner and failed to collect under pressure from Grant Hanley, who kept his eye on the ball to head home his first goal for the club.

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