Blackburn pulled off the biggest surprise of the Premier League season so far by stunning Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday to ruin Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday. United had erased a 2-0 deficit through two second-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov,but Grant Hanley took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea to score the winner from a corner in the 80th minute. It was Hanley’s first career goal for Blackburn,and cost United a chance to end the year atop the standings as it remained behind crosstown rival Manchester City on goal difference. Ayegbeni Yakubu had scored the first two for Blackburn,with a first-half penalty and a low shot past De Gea in the 51st.
Sir Alex to stay on for three more years
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson who turned 70 on Saturday,told United’s in-house TV channel that he planned to stay in his job for at least another three years. I think I’ve got three years with the club, Ferguson said. As long as my health stays up,as long as I’m still enjoying it,still giving the satisfaction of the team doing its best.
Gerrard helps Reds win
Steven Gerrard’s huge influence on Liverpool was clearly apparent again on Friday as he took just 31 minutes to inspire a 3-1 win over Newcastle United in his team’s final fixture of the year.