Blackburn Rovers 0 - 0 Manchester United
LONDON (AP)—Manchester United was held 0-0 by Blackburn to squander a chance to temporarily regain the Premier League leadership on Sunday while Portsmouth reached the FA Cup final by beating Tottenham 2-0 a day after it was relegated from the English top flight.
It turned out to be a good day for Chelsea, which stayed ahead of United in the league title race and then found out it would face Portsmouth—in financial administration and down at the foot of the Premier League standings—rather than fifth-place Tottenham in the May 15 cup final.
In one of the biggest shocks of the season, extra-time goals by Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng gave cash-strapped Portsmouth victory in a dramatic semifinal at Wembley.
Manchester United's Premier League title challenge is all but over as a season that promised so much just a fortnight ago is in danger of total collapse.
Despite dominating almost all their clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park, Sir Alex Ferguson's men rarely looked like making their pressure tell.
Paul Robinson needed to make two excellent saves to deny Antonio Valencia before half-time, but afterwards, with United so desperate for the points, the former England number one had surprisingly little to do.
Not for the first time recently, Dimitar Berbatov was a major disappointment and the fact Rio Ferdinand was feeling his groin towards the end suggested a problem Fabio Capello will not want.
There are no worries for Chelsea though, who still lead the Red Devils by a point, with a game in hand, knowing the main danger to their championship aspirations now lies much closer to home, at Arsenal.
Although United had not actually lost their last three games, that is how it felt.