Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning second-half free-kick was enough to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory after Blackburn had ended their record 1,334-minute run without conceding a Premier League goal.

Roque Santa Cruz was the man who did the damage, rounding Tomasz Kuszczak after Edwin van der Sar had been rested to tap home and level Wayne Rooney's opener.

But Ronaldo had saved something special for the occasion too, whipping home a brilliant free-kick which had too much pace for Paul Robinson to put United eight points clear and keep Rovers in the bottom three.

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