Manchester United 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

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Manchester United 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Unread postby robi » 11 May 2011 22:13

Darren Fletcher and Rafael couldn't help prevent a play-off defeat for United's Reserves against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The senior stars injected a healthy dose of experience into the Reds' starting line-up, but two Ruben Rochina strikes in the first period gave Rovers the platform to seal victory. A Davide Petrucci penalty midway through the second half redcued the arrears but Warren Joyce's men failed to find another goal to force the game into a penalty shootout. Blackburn will now meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday in the national play-off.

Despite the result, there was some good to come out of Wednesday's game. Darren Fletcher, who's played just 17 minutes of first-team football since 6 March, was handed an opportunity to gain some much-needed match fitness and played 65 minutes in the centre of midfield. Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear he wants Fletcher to play in the Champions League final later this month and the Scot showed enough against Blackburn's second-string to suggest he's well on the road to full fitness.

There was also a place in the starting XI for young Brazilian Rafael, who played 45 minutes on the right side of midfield and almost forced a chance in the opening minute. Rovers stopper Mark Bunn did well to snuff out the danger. Fletcher was also involved early on, teeing up Oliver Norwood to blast just over from 20 yards before dragging a shot of his own just past the post a minute later

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Unread postby sazhazey » 12 May 2011 09:46

Unlucky but gald to see those two getting so much needed match time.
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Unread postby Red4ever » 13 May 2011 10:30

Lets hope the same scoreline is not repeated on Saturday.
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Unread postby Gaz » 14 May 2011 21:53

Thank god this did not repeat to day
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