Manchester United vs. Blackburn Rovers: Rating the United Players

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Manchester United vs. Blackburn Rovers: Rating the United Players
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"And Valencia has won it."

It was a particularly frustrating, nerve-wrecking night at Ewood Park, especially if you were a Manchester United supporter. Despite dominating large portions of the game, United seemed unable to break the deadlock. 

Blackburn were intent on defending as a unit, and seemingly frustrated, United were looking for a crucial win to extend the rift between them and crosstown rivals and noisy neighbors, Manchester City, by five points. 

Finally in the 81st minute, Antonio Valencia scored a fantastic goal that saw Paul Robinson beaten.

It was no surprise that Valencia registered himself on the score sheet, as most of the attack was channeled through him. And when crosses did not work, he had a go at it himself. However, whether the goal was actually intended as a cross is anyone's guesswork. 

Another goal from Ashley Young in the 86th minute meant that United had won by two goals to nil. 

The win means United remain firmly ensconced in the driver's seat ahead of City. 

Here are the player ratings from the game. 

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