A controversial Wayne Rooney penalty was enough to secure Manchester United’s record-breaking 19th league title at Ewood Park.
The point clinched a 12th Barclays Premier League title for manager Sir Alex Ferguson on an afternoon of high drama at Blackburn - 25 years after the fiery Scot declared he wanted to knock Liverpool off their perch.
It was another typically uncertain away league performance from United, who had to come from behind to write another chapter in the history books, and achieved only five away victories from 19 games. They looked to be heading for defeat until Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was ruled to have brought down Javier Hernandez and the visitors were awarded a penalty.
Rooney kept his nerve to fire home the 73rd-minute spot-kick and send United’s army of supporters into a title frenzy. The point took United beyond nearest rivals Chelsea and edged the Old Trafford club ahead of Liverpool, of their 18 league titles in 1990.
The United players were joined by Ferguson on the pitch for the post-match celebrations while Blackburn’s fate will not be sealed until the final day of the season next Sunday when they visit relegation rivals Wolves.
Blackburn had taken a first-half lead through Brett Emerton after a mix-up in the United defence involving stand-in goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
The full-time whistle sealed another landmark moment of success for Ferguson who now has the luxury of being able to rest players in the final game of the season at home to Blackpool with his thoughts now turning to the Champions League final against Barcelona in two weeks.