Manchester United Sink Seasiders
Manchester United demolished relegation battling Blackpool 4–2 at Old Trafford on Sunday to condemn the Bloomfield Road outfit to the Championship. Although the determined and hard working Blackpool players gave a good account of themselves in their last match of the league campaign, Sir Alex Ferguson´s Manchester United team eventually proved much too strong for Ian Holloway´s troops in the end.
After 20 minutes of play, a magnificent pass from Dimitar Berbatov found strong running midfield player Ji-Sung Park who clipped the ball into the corner of the net to edge Manchester United ahead. Scotland international Charlie Adam then brought Blackpool level with a well taken free kick in the 40th minute of the encounter before Gary Taylor-Fletcher converted a fine cross from David Vaughan 12 minutes into the second half to give the visitors a shock 2–1 lead. Five minutes later, however, forward thinking midfielder Anderson powered the ball behind a helpless Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal and into the back of the net to level the score. With 17 minutes left on the referee´s clock, unfortunate Blackpool central defender Ian Evatt turned a dangerous cross from substitute Chris Smalling into his own net to make the scoreline read 3–2 in Manchester United´s favour. Numerous excellent saves from Matt Gilks kept the score within respectable limits, however, as the Blackpool goalkeeper fought a one man battle against the inevitable during the closing stages of the game. Substitute Michael Owen eventually managed to score a fourth goal nine minutes from normal time when he powered a ferocious shot to give Manchester United a comfortable 4–2 win.