Manchester United have put themselves in a comfortable position atop the Premier League after a 0 – 2 victory against Blackburn last night (April 2).
United are now five points ahead of rivals Manchester City, after a game which saw shots from both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young reach the back of the net in the last 10 minutes of the match. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said of his squad's victory: "The goals came so late, which typifies the club's history. Coming when it did, the Valencia goal was very important. If you don't try to shoot you'll never find out if you can score. It had great power."
The victory sent Blackburn plummeting into the bottom three of the league due to goal difference, just behind QPR – United's next opponents. United will come up against Rangers on Sunday (April 8), with a win putting them eight points ahead of City who face Arsenal on the same day. "It is vital that we win that game," added Ferguson. "We are also helped by having made up the goals deficit on City. I think it was 18 at one time."
Blackburn manager Steve Kean expressed his disappointment with his team's late loss, pointing to United goalkeeper David De Gea's impressive performance as the reasoning behind the red devils' victory: "I'm frustrated and disappointed," he said. "It was a game that could have gone either way. Their keeper had a great night but you have to take your chances."
Blackburn will not be the only ones disappointed with United's win, as City now face an uphill battle in order to regain the number one spot. With their rivals now on an impressive run of ten wins, Mancini's men find themselves struggling to keep up. If United defeat QPR, which in all likelihood they will do, then City may see their title dreams shattered.