Sunday April 8, 2012 Day 32 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

  • Rooney 15’ (pen.)
  • Scholes 68’

  1. United sink 10-man QPR after ref blunder

    United sink 10-man QPR after ref blunder

    Man United benefited from a huge error by ref Lee Mason in a 2-0 home win over QPR that carried them eight points clear of rivals Man City. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Queens Park Rangers
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    • 90+' There goes the whistle for full-time. A 2-0 win for United. An easy enough day. They lead Manchester City by eight points before City visit Arsenal. Thanks for joining us today.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added. We are into them...
    • 88' United fans can head for the pub to see if City can claw back this eight-point deficit. A daunting task ahead of them at the Emirates.
    • 87' Campbell could pass to Mackie, but opts to go for goal and ends up screwing the shot well wide of the home goal from distance.
    • 86' Rooney swings over the cover, but Kenny comes out of his goal to collect the loose ball with some ease.
    • 85' Cleverley sees an effort deflect wide of the goal. United seeking a third goal in the death throes of this match.
    • 84' Taiwo back to knock the ball behind for another United corner from Jones's delivery.
    • 83' Scholes and Ryan Giggs are the only players older than 35 to have scored this season. Form is temporary, but class permanent? Or something like that.
    • 82' QPR boss Hughes looks on a bit forlorn. He knows his side's chances of winning disappeared with that red card for Derry.
    • 81' Welbeck takes the chance to shoot from just outside of the box, but the ball trundles wide of goal.
    • 80' Man United can also keep a 2011/12 season record five clean sheets in a row. They currently share the season record with Manchester City, who kept four consecutive clean sheets in February-March.
    • 79' QPR going to remain out of the bottom three on goal difference only. At least they have not shipped too many goals here.
    • 78' DJ Campbell is introduced to take over from Bothroyd for QPR.
    • 77' Rooney fails to connect with an effort seconds let from the edge of the area. Easy take as the ball trundles into the arms of Kenny.
    • 76' Carrick cracks a shot off a post from 30 yards. What a hit that was. No chance for Kenny, but the ball comes back out.
    • 75' Phil Jones is given the nod to take over from Rafael.
    • 74' Scholes departs to be replaced Tom Cleverley. No surprise that he is given a standing ovation.
    • 73' A booking for Rafael as he goes to ground. Booked for diving. Another bad decision by the referee. He fell.
    • 72' Scholes scores his third goal against QPR - 16 years after his last goal against them. QPR boss Hughes knows what Scholes can do.
    • 71' A couple of changes for QPR, but doesn't look like it is going to make too much difference. They are still a man down here.
    • 70' Diakite comes off, on comes Shaun Wright-Phillips.
    • 69' Tommy Smith arrives to take over from Tarrabt.
    • 68' Hill manages to wallop the ball away from Valencia's cross. Tarrabt gave the ball away needlessly before Scholes's goal.
    • 67' Kenny left with no chance. Scholes got some power into that right foot. Ferguson looking a lot happier now.
    • 66' GOAL! Scholes slams home a long range effort for United. Brilliant finish. Low and hard. 2-0 now for the home side.
    • 65' United with plenty of possession, but QPR can only play in fits and starts. Another corner comes United's way here.
    • 64' Mackie on the charge for QPR, but solid defending by Evra to win the ball.
    • 63' Ferguson looking a bit frustrated in his technical area as he takes off his glasses in some anguish.
    • 62' Giggs throws over a lovely cross, but Taiwo is back to nod the ball away for the visiting side. Corner comes to nothing. We remain at 1-0.
    • 61' Change for United as Young departs to be replaced by Giggs.
    • 60' Rooney plays in Welbeck, but Kenny spreads himself well to keep out the shot. Still 1-0 to United.
    • 59' Rafael sees a shot hit the bar. Kenny got a touch to the ball. So close to the second goal. Somehow QPR survive that moment.
    • 58' If United win their eighth straight match today, it will be the longest winning streak in the division this season, beating the seven-match winning runs Arsenal and Manchester City achieved earlier this campaign.
    • 57' United break to the other end with Scholes hammering a shot five yards wide. Shot was on, but lacked the required direction.
    • 56' Diakite slams an deflected effort at goal seconds later. QPR have another corner, but Welbeck heads clear the corner by Taarabt.
    • 55' Nice play by Mackie. Knocks the ball off Rio Ferdinand as the visitors earn a corner here. Chance to apply some pressure.
    • 54' Rooney drives a shot at goal from 25 yards. Decent diving save by Kenny in the visiting goal.
    • 53' Taarabt dinks the ball into the box. Seemed to come off the head of Evra, but the referee doesn't want to know. United back on the ball.
    • 52' Taarabt brought down in the middle of the United half and the visiting side have a free-kick fully 40 yards out.
    • 51' All very predictable. United with plenty of possession, but not really keen to try shots from distance. QPR content to let them have it.
    • 50' Manchester United have the lead, but remember that they have conceded 21 of their 27 goals in the Premier League this season in the second half.
    • 49' Welbeck drives a shot over the bar from Young's backheel. Lovely move, but the finish wasn't there.
    • 48' Welbeck finishes off the cross from Valencia, but the offside flag is up. Just offside.
    • 47' Young sees a shot blocked before Carrick collects. United moving the ball around the park with some eagerness at the outset of this half.
    • 46' Off we go in the second period. United 45 minutes or so from an eight-point lead at the top of the table.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. United hold a 1-0 lead over 10-man QPR. Looks like three points all the way for the home side.
    • 45+1' Scholes decides to have a go from distance as the ball spins wide of goal. QPR have the goalkick.
    • 44' One minute to be added to the first period.
    • 43' Carrick attempts to pick out Scholes, but Anton Ferdinand is again doing some sterling work to make sure the pass fails to reach its intended destination.
    • 42' Evra decides to have a go, but that effort always falling wide of the target from distance. Goalkick to the visiting team.
    • 41' Manager Mark Hughes has not won in his last nine Premier League matches against Manchester United (seven defeats), since Blackburn’s 4-3 home victory in February 2006. In total, he has won two, drawn three and lost seven of 12 matches.
    • 40' Young knocks Rafael's cross back into the traffic before Anton Ferdinand blocks the shot by Valencia. QPR continue to resist the home side's advances.
    • 39' Hill clears the corner, but the ball continues to come straight back at them. Long half this for the visitors.
    • 38' United seem keen to try to find this second goal before the break, but QPR not slipping quietly into the night. Valencia's cross blocked by Taarabt. United have another corner.
    • 37' Valencia swings the ball deep for Welbeck, but he can't direct his header on target. Ball loops over the bar. QPR have the goalkick.
    • 36' Hill makes a wonderful tackle to nick the ball off the toe off Scholes in the QPR box. Excellent defending by Hill.
    • 35' A bit of wrestling between Taiwo and Valencia inside the visiting box, but QPR are awarded the decision, much to the frustration of the United player.
    • 34' Rooney tries to chip Kenny from 30 yards. Lovely effort, but just fails to lift the ball over the keeper who makes the stop.
    • 33' QPR trying to play their way out of trouble. Keeping the ball as much as possible, but are struggling to find an out ball being a man light.
    • 32' Evans slides back to make a superb block on the shot by Taarabt, who did wonderfully well to pick the pocket of Rafael.
    • 31' Welbeck penalised for being offside. This match should open up, and should really favour the passing skills of Scholes.
    • 30' Evra turns inside the visiting box, but can only swipe the shot well wide of the goal.
    • 29' Bothroyd well positioned to knock out the cross from Valencia. United keep pushing and probing.
    • 28' Taiwo back to win the ball from Rafael at the expense of a corner.
    • 27' United with so much time and space to keep the ball. Difficult to see how QPR are going to get out of this without a defeat at the moment.
    • 26' Rafael deemed to be guilty of a bringing down Taarabt. He needs to watch his step out there.
    • 25' Valencia plays the ball to Rooney, whose shot is blocked by a posse of visiting shirts. Frantic defending by QPR.
    • 24' United settle back into a period of pssession. Welbeck can't gallop onto the loose ball as it makes its way through to Kenny.
    • 23' Rooney pings the ball to the front post, but Young succeeds in heading over the bar. Was a decent chance. Lovely delivery by Rooney.
    • 22' United are unbeaten in their last 29 Premier League home matches against promoted clubs stretching back over 10 years – since a 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on October 20, 200
    • 21' First time that QPR have been up the park. Win a couple of corners, but the move breaks down. Kenny has it moments later in the visiting goal.
    • 20' Rafael complaining after he is penalised for a late challenge before De Gea tips over a deflected Taarabt shot from distance.
    • 19' Hill forced to come across to win the ball from Carrick. United keeping the ball with so much ease.
    • 18' Young drives the ball at goal, but straight against the wall. United don't need to chase this game.
    • 17' United had enough space with 11 men, now they are up against 10. Hill fouls Welbeck. United with another free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 16' United won't care. They are eight points clear of City as we stand. Will that goal be the one that paves the way for another United title? Mark Hughes remonstrating with the fourth official.
    • 15' Kenny guessed right, but couldn't get down to make the stop from Rooney's penalty. A 1-0 lead for United. Well, a real blunder by the referee Lee Mason.
    • 14' PENALTY AND RED CARD! Derry is off for bringing down Young when the striker was offside. Bad decision all round. Wasn't even a shove. Poor call by the referee.
    • 13' QPR taking a bit of a going over, but they are trying to play on the counter attack. Valencia and Welbeck see a move break down.
    • 12' Buzsaky decides to try his luck from 25 yards out. Shot spins well wide of the target, and United have the goalkick.
    • 11' Derry makes a strong surge up the park, but Scholes takes it away from him. Rooney then fells Diakite with a late challenge.
    • 10' Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 10 league matches against QPR (7-3-0), since a 4-1 home defeat in old Division One on New Year’s Day 1992 when Dennis Bailey scored a hat-trick. He remains the last opposition player to score a league hat-trick at Old Trafford.
    • 9' United boasting over 90 percent of possession. QPR continue to toil to get any time on the ball as United go from side to side.
    • 8' Fine diving stop by Kenny to tip Rooney's free-kick past a post before Taiwo completes the clearance from the corner. United going for the jugular.
    • 7' Diakite brings down Young around 25 yards from goal. Another free-kick chance for the home side.
    • 6' Evans just fails to connect with the corner from Young. United really driving up the park. QPR penned firmly in their own half.
    • 5' Anton Ferdinand rises to head out the corner by Young before Hill knocks a Young cross behind for another corner. Swift start by United.
    • 4' Rooney sees a shot deflect wide off the wall and the home side have a corner here.
    • 3' Welbeck caught by a late Clint Hill challenge. Free-kick chance for United from 30 yards out.
    • 2' United on the ball in these opening moments. Pitch like a bowling green. Fergie chews his gum in the technical area.
    • 1' United get the match off and running.
    • 13.25 Teams on their way out here. Manchester United in red, QPR is blue and white. All looks very traditional. Ferguson and Hughes embrace. Almost ready to go.
    • 13.20 This is the seventh time the Ferdinand brothers have met each other in the Premier League. Rio leads the H2H vs Anton 4-2. Anton is the only one to score against his brother, in a 2-1 West Ham United win on 29 December 2007. He also scored two career own goals at Old Trafford, one in a match in which Rio played. That was United’s 2-0 win vs Sunderland on 26 December 2010.
    • 13.15 This is Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th Premier League game against one of his former players. He has won 51, drawn 13 and lost five of his previous 69 Premier League matches against them. He is unbeaten in his last 29 Premier League matches against them (23 wins), since a 4-3 defeat at today's opponent Mark Hughes’ Blackburn in February 2006.
    • 13.10 Match odds for today's encounter: Man Utd 1/6, QPR 14/1, Draw 13/2.
    • 13.05 QPR manager Mark Hughes: "I think at this stage of the season there is a little bit of a sense of inevitability. United have been in this situation so many times before, City haven't and I think that can be key in this situation. You sense that United are looking at fixtures, taking each game on its merits and just ticking off games they have to play from now until the end of the season."
    • 13.00 Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "No one would have bet on QPR beating Liverpool and Arsenal two weeks in a row and Wigan have had hit a bit of form too. The statistics for teams at the bottom picking up points are not good. What we had last weekend which was exceptional. All of a sudden Blackburn are right back into it and Villa are not out of it either."
    • 12.55 Long-term absentee DJ Campbell is included on the QPR substitutes bench after a hamstring problem. Top scorer Heidar Helguson remains out with a groin injury. Bobby Zamora is on the bench with Jay Bothroyd starting a first league match since January. Fellow front man Djibril Cisse continues to miss out through suspension, while Armand Traore and Fitz Hall are still out.
    • 12.50 Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young return for United with Javier Hernandez and Phil Jones dropping to the bench, but there is no place in the squad for Nani who misses a sixth match as he recovers from his ankle injury. Anderson (hamstring) and Michael Owen (thigh) are both sidelined as United look to take advantage of an earlier kick-off time to open up an eight-point lead on Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
    • 12.45 TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Welbeck..subs: Amos, Jones, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Cleverley, Pogba////QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Diakite, Derry, Mackie, Taarabt, Buzsaky, Bothroyd..subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips, Zamora////Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
    • 12.40 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.
  • Summary

    • 76' Carrick cracks a shot off a post from 30 yards. What a hit that was. No chance for Kenny, but the ball comes back out.
    • 66' GOAL! Scholes slams home a long range effort for United. Brilliant finish. Low and hard. 2-0 now for the home side.
    • 60' Rooney plays in Welbeck, but Kenny spreads himself well to keep out the shot. Still 1-0 to United.
    • 59' Rafael sees a shot hit the bar. Kenny got a touch to the ball. So close to the second goal. Somehow QPR survive that moment.
    • 40' Young knocks Rafael's cross back into the traffic before Anton Ferdinand blocks the shot by Valencia. QPR continue to resist the home side's advances.
    • 34' Rooney tries to chip Kenny from 30 yards. Lovely effort, but just fails to lift the ball over the keeper who makes the stop.
    • 32' Evans slides back to make a superb block on the shot by Taarabt, who did wonderfully well to pick the pocket of Rafael.
    • 23' Rooney pings the ball to the front post, but Young succeeds in heading over the bar. Was a decent chance. Lovely delivery by Rooney.
    • 15' Kenny guessed right, but couldn't get down to make the stop from Rooney's penalty. A 1-0 lead for United. Well, a real blunder by the referee Lee Mason.
    • 14' PENALTY AND RED CARD! Derry is off for bringing down Young when the striker was offside. Bad decision all round. Wasn't even a shove. Poor call by the referee.
    • 8' Fine diving stop by Kenny to tip Rooney's free-kick past a post before Taiwo completes the clearance from the corner. United going for the jugular.
    • 12.45 TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Welbeck..subs: Amos, Jones, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Cleverley, Pogba////QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Diakite, Derry, Mackie, Taarabt, Buzsaky, Bothroyd..subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips, Zamora////Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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