Three massive points dropped. That is the big picture consequence of today's shocking defeat by bottom of the table Blackburn Rovers. Much of the hard-work and the disciplined grind it took to close the five point gap on leaders Manchester City has been undone. And all of this was done on the 70th birthday of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ugh. To say this is incredibly disappointing is a massive understatement but after losses that gut me this much, I'm never one for the right words.
Injuries have obviously ravaged the club and the fact that Anderson appeared out of nowhere shows how well (and frustratingly) the club conceals their injury/illness situation. United came out in a funky lineup (more on this later during our tactical review) and it was almost as if the method of the lineup choice involved a dartboard. But none of this should excuse United's horrendous performance. We are not going to cry over poor fortune. We are not Arsenal.
Yakubu crashed the party in the 16th minute when he converted from the penalty spot after Dimitar Berbatov was ruled to have dragged down mountain of a man Christopher Samba in the box. Just after the break, Yakubu once again struck and United were shockingly down two goals. However, literally just seconds later during the 52nd minute, Berbatov pulled one back and it was game on. And then 10 minutes after back, Berbatov struck again leveling the match -- it appeared likely that United would soon score again and take all three points. It wasn't to be.
I don't want to pile on David de Gea because much of the criticism of the Spaniard this season has become lazy, tiresome, and exaggerated. However, his command in the box is lacking at times and it certainly was at Old Trafford today. Blackburn's winner was the result of him failing to clear a cross after he weakly flapped at a cross from the corner. He had done so similarly on a previous corner as well. The last time though, 20-year-old Grant Hanley headed home the winner in the 80th minute to punish his mistake.
As always, vent here in this thread than take it out on your loved ones, friends, or pets. What are your immediate reactions? How concerned are you about this setting us back in the title race? Share your thoughts below.