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November 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 75603‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 QPR

The relegation-threatened visitors went ahead through Jamie Mackie but were pegged back as Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Chicharito completed a trademark comeback

By David Lynch

  • Anders Lindegaard
    36
    38
    2.50

    Anders Lindegaard

    Should have got a stronger hand to Dyer's cross for the opening goal but was hardly tested otherwise.

  • Rafael
    85
    3
    3.00

    Rafael

    Got forward as well as ever and frustrated Taarabt for the most part.

  • Patrice Evra
    53
    6
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Supported Ashley Young well but saw the winger often waste what he saw of the ball.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    54
    9
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Spent most of the day chasing Cisse around the pitch, but kept the Frenchman from providing any real threat despite his pace.

  • Jonny Evans
    78
    2
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Kept things tidy at the back and managed to grab himself a rare goal, heading in to get his side level.

  • Ashley Young
    24
    88
    2.00

    Ashley Young Flop of the Match

    Typified United's wastefulness and his withdrawal changed the game for the hosts.

  • Paul Scholes
    43
    36
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    Rarely lost the ball but was rightly removed as Sir Alex Ferguson looked to add energy in the middle.

  • Darren Fletcher
    79
    7
    3.00

    Darren Fletcher

    Still looks short of his best but kept things ticking over and scored an excellent header to put United ahead.

  • Wayne Rooney
    103
    12
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Provided the corners which changed the game. Frustrated for much of the game, but those two moments of class were all that was needed.

  • Danny Welbeck
    33
    70
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Showed some nice touches but did not seem to be receiving the ball in the right positions for his qualities to make a difference.

  • Robin van Persie
    95
    15
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Always looked like United's most dangerous attacker even in a turgid opening hour. Constantly willing to take the ball and unlucky not score himself.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    207
    5
    4.00

    Anderson Top of the Match

    Entirely changed the game. His physicality in midfield pushed United on following his introduction and his assist for Chicharito's goal was top class.

  • Nick Powell
    63
    5

    Nick Powell

    Had little time to make an impact.

  • Javier Hernández
    199
    7
    3.50

    Javier Hernández

    His movement gave the tired QPR defence a test they did not need and got on the scoresheet, as per usual.

  • Julio César
    21
    10
    2.50

    Julio César

    Not required as much as he might have expected but handled well and controlled his box. Might have done better to get at Welbeck's header across goal which resulted in Evans scoring.

  • Armand Traoré
    8
    10
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Largely dealt with United's threat down his wing. Substituted with half-an-hour remaining.

  • Clint Hill
    5
    16
    3.00

    Clint Hill

    Occasionally looked like he did not know whether or not to go tight on his man but defended well for the majority of the game until the late crumble.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    10
    10
    3.00

    Ryan Nelsen

    Kept Robin van Persie as quiet as is arguably possible. Needed all of his experience to shackle a threatening front line but could do little to control his team-mates when they fell apart defensively from a set-piece.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    16
    9
    3.00

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Nullified Ashley Young entirely and got forward to good effect at times.

  • Shaun Derry
    6
    16
    3.00

    Shaun Derry

    Industrious as usual in the middle. Worked well to close out United's midfield alongside Faurlin.

  • Kieron Dyer
    7
    11
    3.00

    Kieron Dyer

    Spent much of his time tracking his full-back but made a vital contribution to tee up Mackie early in the second half.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    10
    9
    3.50

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Made some crucial interceptions and showed real intelligence in the middle of the park.

  • Adel Taarabt
    12
    17
    2.50

    Adel Taarabt

    A typically enigmatic performance from the midfielder. Combined moments of genius with some terrible decision making.

  • Djibril Cissé
    7
    16
    3.00

    Djibril Cissé

    A threat on the counter for the entirety of the game but didn't always pick the correct option.

  • Jamie Mackie
    23
    7
    3.50

    Jamie Mackie

    Worked incedibly hard to support both Cisse and his team's defensive effort. Couldn't miss from two yards when teed up by Dyer but got himself in the right position.

Substitutions

  • Anton Ferdinand
    8
    11
    2.50

    Anton Ferdinand

    Perhaps disturbed a comfortable backline. Introduced when Traore had been coping and was on the pitch for all three goals going in.

  • Esteban Granero
    10
    8

    Esteban Granero

    A late substitute as United dominated proceedings.

  • Junior Hoilett
    5
    12
    3.00

    Junior Hoilett

    Had one jinking run and shot but did little else.

Results
 
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18 6
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0