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18 December 2011
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 18033
Queens Park Rangers
W. Rooney 2'
M. Carrick 56'
Josh Clarke from Loftus Road gives us his final update: LIVE! The comfiest of afternoons for United, though things could have been different had DJ Campbell not wasted a fantastic chance. United back on top of the league and with Arsenal in such good form, perhaps it'll stay that way come the evening too.
The full-time whistle blows and Manchester United have won 2-0 and go top of the Premier League. United were outstanding and the scoreline flatters QPR who really struggled to ever get a foot-hold in the game. Rooney and Welbeck linked up well whilst Nani and Valencia were a constant threat.
Three minutes of added time here at Loftus Road and QPR are pushing forward hoping to score a late goal, if only to improve goal difference.
On a day of few positives for QPR, Mackie and Cerny have impressed. United are going to be comfortable winners but the scoreline could have been far worse had it not been for Cerny whilst Mackie has won his personal battle against Evra.
Nani gets the better of Young once more and crosses but Gabbidon boots clear to save Cerny some more work. If there is any criticism of Nani today is that his final ball has been poor.
Into the last 10 minutes now and it looks like the points will be going to United. The visitors have been outstanding today and will be top of the Premier League for a few hours atleast! David De Gea has not been forced into a save all afternoon.
Another counter attack from United though Nani's final ball was poor. Giggs played in Nani who raced away into the box but his cut-back found a QPR shirt to Hernandez's disappointment.
Worrying moment for QPR as Traore stays down after tackling Evans. Warnock has used all three of his subs so the defender is going to have to soldier on.
The two QPR substitutes combine brilliantly to muster a chance but Campbell wastes a guilt-edged chance. Taarabt crossed well for Campbell but the striker volleyed over when it seemed easier to hit the target.
Lightening quick counter from United with Nani and Valencia showing devastating pace. Nani played in Valencia who crossed looking for Rooney but Cerny got down well to hold the ball.
Jones comes agonizingly close to putting his team out of sight as he hits the post. United have had so many chances this afternoon and can thank Cerny for keeping the score respectable.
Mackie runs past Evra with real ease and tries to cross but the Frenchman gets back to divert the cross for a corner.
QPR are making a couple of changes with Taarabt and Campbell coming on which shows intent from Warnock. QPR still feel they can get back into this one.
Welbeck curls into the top corner to force a fabulous save from Cerny. Rooney played a great through ball for Welbeck who raced clear and tried to curl a shot into the top corner but was denied by the veteran Czech keeper. Welbeck has not scored in his last seven and was very unlucky not to end his drought then.
Yellow CardPhil Jones
Rooney and co are on fire right now as they nearly score again. A short corner to Valencia was driven across for Evans who headed over from just a couple yards out. There could be more goals today as United have been outstanding.
It seemed like it would only be a matter of time and Michael Carrick has doubled United's lead with a wonder goal! The midfielder picked up the ball in his own half and ran past countless QPR players before striking into the bottom corner, you will see few better goals than that this season.
QPR are struggling to get into the game and it is confusing as to why they have struggled so much at home this season. QPR have the worst home-record of all four divisions which is something Warnock will have to address if they are to stay up this season.
Mackie gets the better of Evra once more as he skips past him and drives a cross into the area but Bothroyd is blocked off by Ferdinand. Mackie seems like QPR's best chance of getting back into this one.
United start the half on the front foot as Rooney and Nani have attempts. Nani twisted and turned leaving Young on the floor before crossing to Rooney but his shot was blocked.
QPR get the second period underway with neither side making any changes. Wayne Rooney by the way is the first player in Premier League history to score three first minute goals (via @OptaJoe).
Our man at the ground Josh Clarke gives us his half-time update: LIVE! It’s a pretty open encounter but it should have been dead and buried by now, given the amount of chances United have had. Still, there’s ways back into this game for the hosts, with Jamie Mackie given Patrice Evra somewhat of a torrid time down the right flank. Wayne Rooney is dropping off into the hole to great effect, with Phil Jones’ lung bursting surges through the middle giving QPR a lot of food for thought.
The whistle blows for half-time and Manchester United are leading 1-0. The visitors have been fantastic though QPR have shown signs of improvement. Rooney's goal was the 3rd fastest of the Premier League this season.
There will be just one minute of time added on as QPR end the half with a flurry of chances. Bothroyd flashed a cross across the face of goal but Helguson could not get on the end of the ball.
Young wastes a chance for QPR to put a good ball into the box. Faurlin played a great ball for his full-back but Young's cross could not beat the front man to Helguson's annoyance.
Good interplay between Jones and Rooney almost puts Welbeck in. Rooney headed to Jones who tried to volley first-time but he over-hit the pass.
Josh Clarke from the ground: LIVE! One way traffic here. How Jones and Welbeck haven't got on the scoresheet, I'll never know. One more goal for the visitors and I would hazard this one is over
Tempo has just dropped off a little following that array of attacks from United. Overall QPR are very lucky to still be in this one although they could punish the visitors for not taking their chances.
Bothroyd volleys wide for QPR to remind United of their attacking threat. Traore crossed but Evra headed away but only as far as Bothroyd who shot first time but it flashed wide.
QPR are very luck to still be one down. Nani cut inside Young before passing to Rooney who tried to place his shot in the bottom corner but Gabbidon blocked only for Welbeck to pick up the loose ball and shoot but Cerny pulled off a fantastic stop.
QPR are very open at the back as United go close once more through Jones. Rooney sliced open the defense finding Jones who at broke at pace but Cerny stuck out a leg to deny the youngster.
Huge chance for United wasted by Evans. Radek Cerny tried to meet a corner but missed it and all Evans had to do was nod into the net but he put too much power on his header and it hit the bar.
Yellow CardDanny Gabbidon
Man United are knocking the ball around with real confidence. Carrick is seeing a lot of the ball whilst Rooney is dropping deep and finding Valencia and Nani. You do get the impression they are open at the back though and QPR will look to attack at every opportunity.
Phil Jones tries his luck from just outside the area but it flashes wide. Some good possession there and Rooney was frustrated Jones opted to shoot then rather than cross.
A very lively opening 20 minutes from Loftus Road and QPR have appeared to have settled into this one after a nightmare start. Mackie is going to be key for the home side today.
Yellow CardRio Ferdinand
Big chance for QPR wasted by Bothroyd. Mackie ran at Evra but the Frenchmen slipped allowing Mackie to square for Bothroyd but he shot well over when he should have done so much better.
Our man at Loftus Road, Josh Clarke updates us: LIVE! What a start from United. The champions are looking dominant here at Loftus Road and it's difficult to see QPR getting back into this one. They're going to have to do someting quickly, with their midfield being bypassed way too easily at the moment
Although QPR are one down they do not appear to be down-heartened. They play with no fear and will be playing for the win.
Incredible skill from Nani as he nut-megs Traore and drives towards the goal but his shot was delayed allowing Gabbidon to block for a corner.
Joey Barton delivers a pin-point corner for Helguson who rises above Smalling to head goalwards but it goes just wide. Good response from the home team.
This one has started at an electric tempo. Joey Barton found Wright-Phillips out-wide who cut inside Evans and Smalling and shot goalwards but it went just over.
And from the first attack Manchester United have taken the lead through Wayne Rooney! A loose ball was headed by Rooney into the path of Valencia who crossed into the area where Rooney had attacked the far post and headed in. Dream start for the visitors.
It's Man United that get this game underway, it is the first time these two teams have met in the top flight in 15 years.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of QPR v Manchester United. A win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will send them to the top of the Premier League although possibly just for a few hours before City play host to Arsenal. QPR have never beaten United in the Premier League and have only managed to win once at home all season whilst United are unbeaten away from Old Trafford.
QPR – Cerny; Young, Gabbidon, Connolly, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Barton, Faurlin, Mackie; Helguson, Bothroyd. Subs: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Campbell, Smith.
Team line-ups: Man United - De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Fryers, Giggs, Park, Young, Berbatov, Chicharito.
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