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April 8, 2012 1:30 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 75505‎
 
15′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
68′ Paul Scholes
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 QPR

Goals from Rooney & Scholes see off 10-man Rangers after a controversial penalty decision as Sir Alex Ferguson's side pile the pressure on Manchester City

By Greg Stobart at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    208
    12
    3.00

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard had virtually nothing to do in the 90 minutes.

  • Patrice Evra
    149
    18
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Assured defensively and constantly joined the attack, playing some astute passes in the final third.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    159
    16
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Often spare and had very little to do as United cruised to victory.

  • Jonny Evans
    155
    13
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Kept his concentration to cover on the rare occasions QPR attacked, often through Taarabt cutting in from the left. Good use of the ball as United monopolised possession.

  • Rafael Silva
    176
    28
    3.50

    Rafael Silva

    Excellent attacking outlet as he continually supported Valencia on the overlap and played almost as an extra midfielder. Committed tackling but sometimes rash and was eventually booked for repeated offences.

  • Michael Carrick
    199
    22
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Sat in midfield and dictated United's passing. Has an excellent understanding with Scholes and nearly scored himself with a wonderful effort from 30 yards that smacked against the post.

  • Ashley Young
    124
    95
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    The winger was heavily involved in the turning point of the game in the 14th minute. Having initially been in an offside position, he took an embarrassing dive under a challenge from Derry that resulted in a penalty and red card. Provided good balance on the left side and his deliveries into the box were dangerous. Replaced by Giggs in the 61st minute.

  • Paul Scholes
    360
    13
    4.00

    Paul Scholes Top of the Match

    A vintage display from the United legend, capped by a trademark goal drilled into the bottom corner from 25 yards. Drifted around Old Trafford with well-merited arrogance, demanding the ball and dominating the match. Played some jaw-dropping passes, especially when he looked right towards Valencia and Rafael. Given a deserved rest as he was replaced by Cleverley in the 74th minute.

  • Antonio Valencia
    207
    19
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    The in-form Ecuadorian hugged the touchline and looked to run at Taiwo. Had less space than usual as QPR sat deep, but his crossing was threatening and he was clever in the way he cut inside.

  • Wayne Rooney
    160
    35
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    One of his quieter games, but still kept his cool from the spot to drill United into the lead in the 15th minute. Tested Kenny with a couple of curlers from around the edge of the box and linked up well with the midfield when he dropped deep.

  • Danny Welbeck
    105
    102
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Constantly on the move, looking to stretch the QPR defence. Improved as the game went on but his finishing was rather scruffy despite getting into good positions.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jones
    117
    16
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Replaced Rafael in the 74th minute and slotted in comfortably at right-back.

  • Ryan Giggs
    138
    11
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Game on for Young in the 61st minute. Played some neat passes as United kept possession and saw the game out.

  • Tom Cleverley
    136
    20
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    A tidy display after replacing Scholes 16 minutes from time.

  • Paddy Kenny
    54
    14
    3.50

    Paddy Kenny

    Could do nothing about Rooney's penalty but made some very sharp saves, most notably to keep out Rafael and Welbeck in the second-half. Decent handling throughout in slippery conditions and made himself big when needed.

  • Clint Hill
    12
    18
    3.00

    Clint Hill

    Looked off the pace in the first 20 minutes but then settled down and got a better handle on Welbeck's movement. Clumsy on the turn.

  • Taye Taiwo
    24
    16
    2.50

    Taye Taiwo

    Strong and powerful but had a tough afternoon against Valencia, whom he gave too much space in the second-half.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    25
    15
    3.00

    Anton Ferdinand

    Classy reading of the game and made some good blocks, although he tired late on.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    10
    15
    3.00

    Nedum Onuoha

    Solid defensively up against Young and then Giggs. Could have been more ambitious on the ball but appeared to be under instructions not to cross the halfway line.

  • Samba Diakité
    12
    16
    2.50

    Samba Diakité

    Tenacious display and won some strong challenges in the first-half.

  • Adel Taarabt
    30
    17
    2.50

    Adel Taarabt

    The mercurial Moroccan was probably the visitors' most dangerous attacking player, but that's not saying much. Kept his position better than might have been expected but conceded possession too easily, including in the lead-up to Scholes' goal.

  • A. Buzsaky
    5
    19
    2.50

    A. Buzsaky

    Rather bypassed throughout the game. Had little influence when in possession.

  • Shaun Derry
    22
    19
    3.00

    Shaun Derry

    The QPR captain was unfortunate to get sent-off in the 14th minute after making minimal contact with Young as United were awarded a penalty.

  • Jamie Mackie
    10
    15
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    Kept going throughout the game and showed some drive with his head-down dribbles. Final ball was poor, however, due to a combination of poor execution and a lack of support.

  • Jay Bothroyd
    13
    34
    2.00

    Jay Bothroyd Flop of the Match

    Extremely isolated as QPR's lone striker and had no real sights on goal. Lack of technique meant he wasn't able to hold the ball up and relieve pressure.

Substitutions

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    9
    17
    3.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Came on in the 71st minute but had no influence with the result already beyond doubt.

  • DJ Campbell
    9
    15
    0.00

    DJ Campbell

    Came on for Bothroyd nine minutes from time.

  • Tommy Smith
    7
    16
    3.00

    Tommy Smith

    Replaced Taarabt in the 71st minute and was busy and energetic out wide.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2