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QPR
QPR
0 vs 2
Played
December 18, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 18033‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: QPR 0-2 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney continues goalscoring form while Michael Carrick strike after a mazy run sends Sir Alex Ferguson's side top of the league ahead of City's clash with Arsenal

By Josh Clarke at Loftus Road

  • Radek Cerny
    150
    16
    4.00

    Radek Cerny

    Big saves throughout the game stopped it becoming a rout.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    8
    33
    2.50

    Danny Gabbidon

    Willing to thrown himself about for the cause yet was cut apart by United attacks with alarming regularity.

  • Matthew Connolly
    10
    30
    3.00

    Matthew Connolly

    Found it difficult to keep fully on top of things with Rooney dropping into the hole. Not an afternoon to remember.

  • Armand Traoré
    14
    31
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Looked naive trying to defend against the speed of Valencia and was often caught out in bizarre defensive positions.

  • Luke Young
    14
    21
    3.00

    Luke Young

    Most of United’s threat in the second half came down his flank yet it was hard to fully blame the fullback. Cover from Mackie was ineffectual at best, making his day all the harder.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    13
    28
    2.50

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Much the same as Barton, struggling to get much of a foothold in the game.

  • Joey Barton
    13
    39
    3.00

    Joey Barton

    Struggled to really stamp any authority on the game. The whole affair largely passed him by.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    11
    27
    2.50

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    A few flashes here and there but nothing sustained. Anonymity confirmed after being withdrawn early on.

  • Jamie Mackie
    20
    20
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    Was giving Evra a torrid time in the first half yet this died down in the second. Got himself into a couple of handy positions though failed to make anything of it.

  • Jay Bothroyd
    10
    27
    2.50

    Jay Bothroyd

    Put in a decent shift but was never really given the opportunity to damage United.

  • Heidar Helgusson
    16
    18
    3.00

    Heidar Helgusson

    A burly presence but found chances to build upon his recent goalscoring record very few and far between.

Substitutions

  • Clint Hill
    12
    19
    3.00

    Clint Hill

    Brought on when the game was already over. No time to have any real effect.

  • Adel Taarabt
    31
    21
    3.00

    Adel Taarabt

    Created a guilt edged chance for his side only for Campbell to spurn. His team clearly look a better prospect with him in it.

  • DJ Campbell
    12
    27
    2.50

    DJ Campbell

    Could have brought his team back into the game in the latter stages but missed a great chance from point blank range.

  • David de Gea
    197
    22
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Was rarely tested yet when called upon to produce a save was never found lacking.

  • Jonny Evans
    176
    23
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Should have scored when his header came back off the crossbar but otherwise kept the physical presence of QPR’s two front men in check.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    193
    15
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    It looks as if the partnership forged with Jonny Evans will be crucial to United’s next few months and, though it was barely tested today, a clean sheet will be most welcome.

  • Patrice Evra
    139
    152
    2.50

    Patrice Evra Flop of the Match

    A perplexing display that gives weight to the suggestion that the fullback isn’t operating at his highest level. Was beaten far too often by Mackie and looked uncomfortable throughout.

  • Chris Smalling
    168
    16
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Would have liked to have seen him attack a bit more given the manner in which QPR were wholly on the back foot yet a sturdy display nonetheless.

  • Phil Jones
    287
    15
    3.50

    Phil Jones

    Lung bursting runs through the middle made his side look constantly menacing on the counter.

  • Michael Carrick
    279
    16
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Was content to control things from deep, with Jones putting in the leg work in the first half, yet strode through himself in the second to put the game beyond doubt.

  • Nani
    182
    68
    3.00

    Nani

    Teased and threatened without ever really producing too much.

  • Antonio Valencia
    185
    50
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Great cross for Rooney’s opener but then faded in influence as the game wore on.

  • Wayne Rooney
    374
    26
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Precise header gave his team the early lead and from there they never looked back. Clever movement made him a nightmare to defend and was the clear pivot from which all United attacking endeavors sprung from.

  • Danny Welbeck
    166
    40
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Several chances in the first half meant he should have got his name on the scoresheet. Looked sharp up top with Rooney.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    138
    20
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Late introduction to save a legs. Enjoyed his team’s lengthy spells of possession.

  • Ashley Young
    130
    22
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    Bit of sharp footwork and perhaps should have scored when he fired straight at Cerny.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    163
    24
    3.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Clearly working his way back to fitness. Cameo will have done him good, but didn’t bring too much to the party.

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
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0