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Wednesday 22 January 2014

On this day in 1995: Man Utd edge title rivals Blackburn

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Cantona's winner in this top-of-the-table clash

  • Eric Cantona scored in Man Utd's 1-0 win over League leaders Blackburn Rovers

  • On his debut, Andy Cole nearly scored in this top-of-the-table clash at Old Trafford

  • Blackburn went on to win their first Premier League title in dramatic fashion

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

22 January 1995 - Manchester United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Eric Cantona scored the only goal as Manchester United closed the gap on title rivals Blackburn Rovers at the top of the table.

Cantona struck in the 80th minute when he headed in a cross from Ryan Giggs, who had switched wings four minutes earlier following the introduction of substitute Andrei Kanchelskis.

The result left Man Utd two points behind table-topping Rovers in second place and eight ahead of Liverpool in third.

Andy Cole had the chance to make a sensational debut for the hosts following his £7m move from Newcastle United earlier in the month, but missed a chance after only 90 seconds. Rovers defender Paul Warhurst deflected Brian McClair’s long ball into Cole’s path but he fired wide.

Cole ran on to another long pass from McClair in the 23rd minute but could not quite set Giggs free.

Blackburn offered little in return although Tim Sherwood did shoot past in the 33rd minute.

The hosts continued to have more of the second half but, after Cantona’s late goal, Rovers thought they had equalised in injury-time.

Henning Berg crossed to the far post where Roy Keane was unable to clear cleanly and Alan Shearer headed back across goal for Sherwood to score.

However the effort was ruled out for a push by Shearer on Keane.

Despite the result, it was Blackburn who emerged triumphant at the end of the season - pipping Man Utd to their first Barclays Premier League title by only one point.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Man Utd beat League leaders Blackburn Rovers thanks to an Eric Cantona winner