Manchester United 4 Blackpool 2 - minute by minute

Manchester United v Blackpool, at Old Trafford.'DJ Campbell tries to find a way through the United defence. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-5-2011
Manchester United v Blackpool, at Old Trafford.'DJ Campbell tries to find a way through the United defence. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-5-2011
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BLACKPOOL have been relegated from the Premier League after a heartbreaking afternoon at Old Trafford.

Goals from Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher had given Pool a second-half lead against the Champions only for an Ian Evatt own goal and a strike from Michael Owen to end Pool’s stay in the top flight.

Follow our minute-by-minute report below:

BLACKPOOL ARE RELEGATED FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE.

Well it has been a sensational year for Blackpool, coming to Old Trafford on the final day of the season just proved too much for the Seasiders.

Blackpool should hold their heads high though. It’s heartbreaking though at the moment.

FULL TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 4 BLACKPOOL 2

90 mins: Four minutes of time added on.

88 mins: Good chance for Ormerod has he met at Phillips cross, dragged it just wide.

87 mins: Big shout for hand ball in the box as Blackpool search for a goal back, replays show it should have been a penalty.

84 mins: Just when things couldn’t get much worse, Wayne Rooney comes on for Manchester United.

82 mins: Blackpool need a miracle here, the travelling fans have their heads in their hands.

80 mins: GOAL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

Michael Owen did what he does best and burst behind the back four to score.

79 mins: Not looking good now, Wigan have scored against Stoke. As it stands, Blackpool are down.

78 mins: Ian Evatt somehow found himself in on goal, he burst through only for a superb stop from van der Sar to deny him.

76 mins: As it stands, Blackpool are down. Total heartbreak here. A goal for Stoke against Wigan would see us safe though.

75 mins: Double substitution for Blackpool. Matty Phillips and Luke varney replace Jason Puncheon and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

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74 mins: GOAL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

Ian Evatt slices a cross into his own goal. Heartbreak for Blackpool.

73 mins: Nani heads a totally free header wide from inside the six yard box. Huge let-off for Blackpool. Pool are struggling at the moment.

71 mins: Free kick to United in a good position just outside the Blackpool box, Nani took right-footed to Scholes who had his shot superbly blocked by Southern. Desperate defending here.

69 mins: Michael Owen is booked for a foul on Charlie Adam, and I have no fingernails left!

67 mins: United send one of their subs out to warm-up. A lad called Rooney, anyone heard of him?

65 mins: Charlie Adam bursts forward and shoots well over from 25 yards.

64 mins: Sensational save by Gilks from a Berbatov header keeps Blackpool in the game.

63 mins: Ji Sung Park is replaced by Michael Owen.

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63 mins: GOAL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

Anderson makes a late run into the box and finishes well. Good move and finish.

60 mins: Unbelievable scenes here at Old Trafford. This team can never ever be written off. Important we keep it tight now. Massive 29 minutes.

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56 mins: GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL!!

GARY TAYLOR-FLETCHER converts a superb David Vaughan cross at the near post. Can you believe this?!

55 mins: Decent chance for United as Berbatov heads over from eight yards.

54 mins: So nervy here. With news that Spurs are ahead at Birmingham, Blackpool are up to 16th. NEED a point here though.

48 mins: DJ Campbell is fouled at the edge of the box and Charlie Adam had another chance to shoot 25-yards from goal. He forced a superb save from van der Sar.

45 mins: Blackpool are 45 minutes away from knowing their future. I might well be too nervous to type soon!

HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 1 BLACKPOOL 1 Yet again Blackpool prove everyone wrong. Superb character to come back from 1-0 down here. Long way to go yet though.

45 mins: Two minutes added time.

41 mins: Amezing what a goal does. With Wolves 2-0 down against Blackburn, Blackpool are now out of the relegation on goal difference.

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GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL!!

CHARLIE ADAM SCORES A SUPERB FREE-KICK FROM 25 YARDS. MASSIVE GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL!

40 mins: Big chance for Blackpool. Charlie Adam hits a free-kick from 25-yards,

34 mins: Darren Fletcher booked for pulling Keith Southern back in the centre circle.

31 mins: Massive chance for Berbatov. He forces a good save from Gilks after good recovery defending from Baptiste. Nervous times here.

30 mins: Well it’s been a while since we saw Charlie Adam shoot from the half-way line, should have known he’d save it for the big stage! Not far away with his latest effort either!

25 mins: News from other grounds isn’t great, Blackburn have scored at Wolves.

24 mins: Blackpool fans keeping their sense of humour. An interesting song about Ryan Giggs a moment ago.

23 mins: Decent response from Blackpool. Taylor-Fletcher wins a corner, Charlie Adam whips it in, but Evans clears well.

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21 mins: GOAL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED!

Hesitation in the Blackpool back-four allows Ji-Sung Park to nip in a chip over Gilks.

17 mins: Good spell for Blackpool, plenty of the ball, not really creating much, but that will help the confidence.

14 mins: Blackpool playing very deep this afternoon so far. United have had far too much of the ball so far, Pool seem happy to try and soak up the pressure and hope for another chance.

10 mins: Good start to the game here, chances for both sides. The size of the task is proved by how well United keep the ball, they are so comfortable in possession. Blackpool need to keep it tight here.

8 mins: Dimitar Berbatov forces a good save from Matt Gilks. He got on the end of a Nani though ball, turned well but shot straight at the Pool keeper.

6 mins: Another good move by Blackpool. Again Adam it was who burst down the left before crossing into the box, Taylor-Fletcher couldn’t quite get onto the end of it though.

5 mins: Corner to Blackpool. Good ball from Charlie Adam, headed away by Vidic.

4 mins: Nani tests Matt Gilks with a blistering half-volley from the edge of the box. Comfortable save in the end.

1 min: Keith Southern misses a HUGE chance for Blackpool. Charlie Adam burst down the right before cutting the ball back into the path of Southern who dragged his shot wide. Should have scored.

0 mins: United kick-off.

3:58pm: Well here we go. Premier League Blackpool are in their away kit of white shirts, tangerine shorts and tangerine socks.

3:55pm: Here come the teams! Interestingly Blackpool’s players give their hosts a guard of honour as they come out.

3:45pm: Players have gone back into the changing rooms for their final instructions. Atmosphere building. They’ve certainly saved the best until last with the trip to Old Trafford, WOW!

3:40pm: Welcome to Old Trafford on what is a huge afternoon for Blackpool. I was quite relaxed about today until I got here, this is a huge place, a huge club and Pool have a huge task on their hands. If anyone can do it though, we can!

TEAM NEWS

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Southern, Vaughan, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell and Puncheon. Subs: Harewood, Ormerod, Varney, Cathcart, Phillips, Beattie, Kingson.

Manchester United: van der Sar, Evra, Anderson, Berbatov, Park, Scholes, Vidic, Nani, da Silva, Evans and Fletcher. Subs: Ferdinand, Owen, Rooney, Smalling, Valencia, Gibson, Lindergaard.