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Blackburn stuns Man United 3-2 in Premier League

Updated: December 31, 2011, 09:54


Blackburn Rovers' Ayegbeni Yakubu, center right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

MANCHESTER, England(AP) 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.

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