A Wayne Rooney penalty midway through the second half earned Manchester United their record 19th English top flight title and twelfth Premier League title following a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.
Manchester United opened the game with the majority of possession, both before and after Nani headed onto the cross bar inside the opening 4 minutes. However, they failed to trouble Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal.
At the other end, Tomasz Kuszczak was causing his own problems, at one stage failing to deal with a back pass that nearly allowed Junior Hoilett an open goal.
And it was Tomasz Kuszczak involved in the opening goal as a mix-up in defence eventually lead to Brett Emerton nearly volley in towards the back post. Kuszczak appeared nervous, whilst Jonny Evans filling in at left back failed to mark his man, Emerton when the cross came over.
At times in the second half, Blackburn looked more like scoring a second than Manchester United equalising, and they nearly did shortly after the hour when Martin Olsson’s header hit the post.
After that, luck always appeared to be on Manchester United’s side. And you know that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are always capable of scraping out a result in games like these. That’s exactly what they did.
With 20 minutes remaining, Javier Hernandez raced onto a through ball and appeared to be taken down by Paul Robinson. Slow motion replays showed Chicharito was not touched and took a tumble. After a long discussion between referee Phil Dowd and his discussion, Wayne Rooney blasted home the resulting penalty.
Manchester United passed the ball around in their own half for the final 5 minutes plus 3 of stoppage time. It was disappointing not to see Sky’s ‘Last 5 minutes possession’ stat come up during this point.
The result means Manchester United are the 2010/11 Premier League champions with 77 points and 1 game to play. The lowest number of points to win the Premier League title was set by Manchester United when they won it in 1996/97 with 75 points; 7 ahead of runners up Newcastle.
This result leaves Blackburn just 1 point above the drop zone going into the final day of the season where they will travel to Wolves.