Manchester United Clinches Record 19th English Title

Wayne Rooney delivered from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute to help Manchester United salvage a draw against Blackburn Rovers, 1-1, on Saturday, and clinch the Red Devils’ record-setting 19th top-flight English title.

United entered the match needing only a point to secure the Premier League title, and break a tie with Liverpool for the most English wins. That aim appeared in jeopardy early after Brett Emerton gave the Rovers a 1-0 lead 20 minutes into the match. Blackburn continued to press the attack as the match progressed, while United struggled to execute decent plays and never really had Rovers keeper Paul Robinson in trouble as the first half ended.

United came out fresh after the break, and by the 59th minute had launched an assault on the Blackburn goal when Nani’s shot was deflected by Christopher Samba. Ryan Giggs, who, along with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has 12 English titles to his name, had an opportunity to get the equalizer but his shot was blocked by Phil Jones.

Then 17 minutes from time, Javier Hernandez appeared to have been tackled by Robinson, but referee Phil Dowd needed to confer with linesmen before finally awarding the penalty kick to Rooney, who calmly sent Robinson to the opposite pole as United denied English holders Chelsea a mathematical chance of overtaking the league leader. United now has 77 points on 36 matches, while Chelsea has 70 points with two matches remaining.