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Blackburn stun United to poop Sir Alex's party

Published: Saturday 31 December 2011, 18.52CET
Manchester United FC missed out on the chance to begin the new year at the Premier League summit after a shock 3-2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers FC, while Chelsea FC also lost at home.

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Published: Saturday 31 December 2011, 18.52CET

Blackburn stun United to poop Sir Alex's party

Manchester United FC missed out on the chance to begin the new year at the Premier League summit after a shock 3-2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers FC, while Chelsea FC also lost at home.

Manchester United FC missed out on the chance to begin the new year on top of the Premier League after suffering a shock 3-2 defeat at home against lowly Blackburn Rovers FC.

Sir Alex Ferguson turned 70 today but it was a birthday the United manager will want to forget after witnessing his side rally from 2-0 down only to lose to Grant Hanley's late winner. Ayegbeni Yakubu converted a 16th-minute penalty before bustling his way into the area to fire through David De Gea's legs early in the second half. Dimitar Berbatov (52, 62) brought the hosts level only but Hanley took advantage of De Gea's flap at a corner (80) to stun the English champions.

United remain level on points with Manchester City FC, who are hoping to move clear after facing Sunderland AFC on Sunday. It was also a disappointing day for Chelsea FC, who lost 3-1 against Aston Villa FC despite taking the lead through Didier Drogba's penalty (23). Second-half goals by Stephen Ireland, Stilyan Petrov and Darren Bent condemned André Villas-Boas's side to their fifth league defeat of the campaign.

Arsenal FC moved two points clear of the Blues into fourth place as Robin van Persie's 35th league goal of 2011 secured a 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers FC and lifted the Gunners to within three points of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC, held 1-1 at Swansea City AFC. Norwich City FC and Bolton Wanderers FC shared the same scoreline against Fulham FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC respectively, while Stoke City FC and Wigan Athletic FC drew 2-2.

Last updated: 06/12/13 3.50CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 27/02/2012 12:08 CET

31/12/2011

ChelseaChelsea1-3Aston VillaAston Villa

Drogba 23 (penalty)

Ireland 28, St.Petrov 83, Bent 86

Venue: London

31/12/2011

NorwichNorwich1-1FulhamFulham

Jackson 90+4

Orlando Sá 7

Venue: Norwich

31/12/2011

ArsenalArsenal1-0QPRQPR

Van Persie 60

Venue: London

31/12/2011

SwanseaSwansea1-1TottenhamTottenham

Sinclair 84

Van der Vaart 44

Venue: Swansea

31/12/2011

BoltonBolton1-1WolvesWolves

Ricketts 22

S. Fletcher 49

Venue: Bolton

31/12/2011

StokeStoke2-2WiganWigan

Walters 77 (penalty), Jerome 84

Moses 45, Watson 87 (penalty)

Venue: Stoke

31/12/2011

Man. UnitedMan. United2-3BlackburnBlackburn

Berbatov 52, 62

Yakubu 16 (penalty), 51, Hanley 80

Venue: Manchester

30/12/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool3-1NewcastleNewcastle

Bellamy 29, 67, Gerrard 78

Agger 25 (o.g.)

Venue: Liverpool

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