Don’t get cocky, Man United fans
There were audible sighs all around the south of England on Tuesday night when Berbatov finally got off the mark for Man United, but don’t get carried away. Our bed partners over at Chickendinner have been buried in statistics all week, and have figured out that Ferguson’s gentlemen have no chance of winning against Big Time Charlie and his guys…
Six reasons why Manchester United won’t win
1. Manchester United have only been victorious on one of their last eight visits to Ewood Park.
2. The Red Devils have also one just one of their three away league games this season and two of their last seven in total.
3. Blackburn have only lost five of their last 25 Premier League home games and no club outside the top four lost fewer than Blackburn (four) last season.
4. Portsmouth aside, Blackburn were the only team in the top-flight that managed to take points off of each of the top four clubs last season.
5. Blackburn have found the net in thirteen of their last fourteen games in all competitions and Manchester United have only scored more than one goal in one of their last six league visits to Ewood Park. On that occasion they were beaten 4-3.
6. The last three Blackburn managers have all taken something from their first clash with Sir Alex Ferguson. Brian Kidd drew 0-0 at home in May 1999, in the penultimate game of a season where United won the treble and Blackburn were relegated. Graeme Souness guided newly-promoted Blackburn to a 2-2 home draw with reigning champions United in the second game of the 2001-02 season. Then Mark Hughes took a struggling Blackburn side to Old Trafford in April 2005 and held them to a goalless draw. This is Paul Ince’s first clash with the Red Devils as Blackburn manager.