Saturday November 24, 2012 Day 13 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 - 1 Queens Park Rangers

  • Evans 64’
  • Fletcher 68’
  • Hernández 72’
  • Mackie 52’

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  • Live Commentary

    • Manchester United
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' There's the final whistle and Manchester United have come from behind to win in the Premier League for the sixth time this season.
    • 90+4' United sprint clear on the counter-attack - Anderson finds Van Persie who cuts inside and has his shot deflected behind by Derry.
    • 90+2' Van Persie finds Hernandez in the box with a brilliant pass - he then tries an elaborate lay-off to Rafael but makes a complete mess of it!
    • 90+1' Four minutes of added time to be played. Van Persie slips as he takes down a through ball in the QPR box.
    • 90' Rooney, who has two assists despite a quiet game, cannot thread a through-ball to Van Persie.
    • 89' HILL!! Meets the corner unmarked and heads towards the far corner but Rafael heads it off the line. That's what he's there for.
    • 88' Hoilett takes aim and his shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 87' Harry has seen enough. He heads for the exit - long trip back to the south coast tonight...
    • 86' Mackie wins a corner as he thrashes a shot off the boot of Evans...
    • 85' Hernandez tries to play Van Persie in from the left, but the ball has just a bit too much pace on it.
    • 84' Evans is lying in the little 'moat' that runs round the touchline after a collision with Mbia. He'll be OK.
    • 83' QPR change: Esteban Granero is on for Alejandro Faurlin. About time, I'd say.
    • 82' This is the side from which United scored two goals at corners, but this time QPR deal with it.
    • 81' United build again as Powell and Ferdinand combine to supply Hernandez, who crosses and Ferdinanf puts it out for a corner.
    • 80' Here's Powell, who replaces Danny Welbeck - not a great game for him, wide on the left.
    • 79' Rooney lifts a peach of a ball over the top for Van Persie, who smashes his right-foot volley wide.
    • 78' United are getting ready to bring on teenage midfielder Nick Powell.
    • 77' Hoilett looks to build something down the QPR left... Rafael boots it out for a throw. Maybe we spoke too soon declaring this game over. (We didn't)
    • 75' So this will be the sixth Premier League game United have come from behind to win this season. They didn't do it at all last season.
    • 74' Well, just look at the face of my smug colleague Sean Fay who placed a bet on United to win at 3.35 when they were 1-0 down.
    • 73' Anton Ferdinand came on for Armand Traore 10 minutes ago. QPR were 1-0 up.
    • 72' QPR change: Junior Hoilett comes on for Adel Taarabt.
    • 71' GOAL!! Javier Hernandez, of course! The world crashes around QPR's ears as Anderson slides a great ball through to Hernandez at the edge of the box, and he finishes into the bottom right corner.
    • 70' That's Fletcher's first goal for 368 days - his last goal came on November 24 2011 against Benfica in the Champions League.
    • 69' GOAL!! United have turned it around - and it's Darren Fletcher!! Another header from a corner, this one a bullet from six yards!
    • 68' There's a moment of hesitation as Taarabt stays down injured. United cannot decide whether to put it out or not - they don't but the moment passes. Taarabt, of course, is completely fine.
    • 67' Rafael crosses low for Welbeck who tries a back flick... it's blocked.
    • 66' Fletcher lets fly from long range but his shot flashes over the bar.
    • 65' Van Persie gets a bit shirty during a confrontation 30 yards from the QPR goal, but United have a new energy now.
    • 64' GOAL!! United level, and it's Jonny Evans with the goal! Rooney's corner is headed down by Welbeck and Evans is there to nod it in from close range!
    • 64' Rooney comes deep in search of possession and plays it down the line for Welbeck who is tackled by Mbia - corner.
    • 63' Now it's Rafael's turn to slip as he sprints forward. Still raining steadily here.
    • 62' Van Persie swings a free-kick into a crowded box... Julio Cesar rises highest to punch clear. Good work from him.
    • 62' QPR change: Anton Ferdinand replaces Armand Traore.
    • 61' Manchester United have come back from behind to win in five PL matches this season, more than any other team, and have done it in eight of 19 matches in all competitions this season. The club’s most ever PL comeback victories in a single season is six – set in 1999-00.
    • 61' That United change in full: Anderson and Hernandez for Scholes and Young.
    • 60' Chance for QPR as they break and Kieron Dyer wastes a good position on the right side of the box - he had Mackie peeling away at the far post.
    • 59' And here comes Javier Hernandez! He and Anderson are on...
    • 58' Twitter has pointed out that Harry Redknapp may not welcome that goal: '"We had seven points when I officially took charge" won't have the same ring about it.' says @dangerhere. And @FootballCliches adds: "That QPR goal doesn't help Redknapp at all. He's supposed to be watching to realise "the size of the task on his hands". That's the rule."
    • 57' Scholes plays it through to the overlapping Rafael, whose cross hits a defender and goes out for a corner.
    • 56' Taarabt curls the free-kick... over from 25 yards.
    • 55' Scholes hacks Dyer in that charming way of his. Yellow card, but that was a terrible tackle.
    • 54' Time to reach for the Pea-Signal...
    • 53' It would be excessive to say that goal was coming, but United have been deeply unimpressive and it's a fitting reward for the excellent Jamie Mackie. United trail for the ninth time in 13 Premier League games.
    • 52' GOAL!! QPR IN FRONT!! A corner played short from the left to Dyer who fires a low ball in front of goal, and Mackie turns the rebound in after Lindegaard gets a weak hand on it!
    • 50' Rooney loses his footing - it's slippy out there, and I'm at risk of bemoaning these newfangled modern 'studs' like a right old duffer.
    • 48' Ha! Cool, cool stuff from Julio Cesar, who is closed down by a charging Rooney and produces a neat turn to send the striker hurtling past, like a matador fooling a bull.
    • 47' There's no personnel changes from either side. United have Javier Hernandez on the bench, among others.
    • 46' Second half under way - well done Harry, he's one of the few VIPs back in his seat in time for kick-off.
    • - Here's an interesting article on 'Fergie Time' - apparently it does exist. Read here.
    • 45+3' That's half-time, and QPR are holding their own. Unimpressive from Manchester United.
    • 45+2' Taarabt swerves away from two challenges and hits a right-foot shot... straight at Lindegaard.
    • 45+2' Mackie carries the attack to United again, but he ends up running down a blind alley and he has to lay the ball backwards.
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 44' Kieron Dyer finds Mackie, who has been a handful. The striker whacks a shot into a defender. And yes, Kieron Dyer has lasted nearly 45 minutes.
    • 43' United have created a few chances, but overall there's not enough zip or invention in their play. Missing Shinji Kagawa's influence.
    • 42' Young goes down and wants a penalty, bringing a furious reaction from Clint Hill who says he dived. There's a bit of posturing before referee Probert tells the pair of them to grow up.
    • 41' Rooney meets a crossfield ball with an attempted left-foot half volley. It's an extremely difficult skill to take on, and he duly makes a mess of it.
    • 40' The corner is cleared and now United come forward again, still looking for that breakthrough.
    • 39' Decent, driving run inside from the right from Mbia whose cross is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 37' Goal disallowed for QPR! Mackie races through to glance a header past Lindegaard, but there's a flag up and this one gets chalked off.
    • 36' Rooney brings another save from Julio Cesar with a powerful shot from 25 yards! United building the pressure.
    • 35' Chance for Traore to cross from the left... straight into the hands of Lindegaard.
    • 34' Welbeck pulls the ball back from the right for Rooney, who sweeps the ball goalwards and julio Cesar makes rather an odd save with his feet - it's effective enough though.
    • 33' Evra looks arguably United's best attacker so far, and he fires a low shot from the left that Julio Cesar holds.
    • 32' Ruud van Nistelrooy and Edwin van der Sar talk animatedly in the crowd, while Mikael Silvestre sits sullenly behind,
    • 31' You might think United would be out for revenge here. It was QPR who conceded twice in stoppage time against Man City to hand the blues the title in May.
    • 30' QPR have posed no goal threat whatsoever, but they will be very happy with the scoreline so far.
    • 28' Mackie dispossesses Scholes and runs towards the edge of the box... good tackle by Evans. The QPR man wants a corner but gets no joy.
    • 27' There have been a total of 11 first half goals scored in the five previous PL matches at Old Trafford this season - none yet here.
    • 26' United work the ball from left to right at the edge of the box via lovely Rooney and Scholes touches, but Young volleys wide.
    • 25' Pacy corner from Van Persie, which Julio Cesar deals unconvincingly with, but QPR manage to shuffle the ball to safety.
    • 24' Good interplay down the left between Evra and Welbeck, but the cross is headed behind for a corner.
    • 23' It's a pretty grim day in the north-west - already dark with rain pattering onto the slick turf.
    • 22' Mbia is limping after a collision with Welbeck. He hobbles off for some treatment.
    • 21' Ah, there's Harry in the posh seats. It's not clear whether or not he's awake.
    • 20' Welbeck pulls the ball back from the left and picks out Van Persie, who hits a first-time shot into the side netting!
    • 19' Scholes has a chance to hit a long shot, but he takes a heavy touch and loses the moment.
    • 17' There have been surprisingly few camera shots of Harry so far. Here's the news of his appointment.
    • 16' Chance for United! Rafael crosses low for Van Persie, whose low shot deflects into the path of Scholes... he cannot get his shot away and claims he has been fouled by Sean Derry! Referee Lee Probert dismisses the appeal.
    • 15' Look, if I were you I'd check out one of the three other games on at the moment. Premier League: LIVE
    • 14' Mark Bowen: chews gum like a proper football manager.
    • 13' Fletcher plays a long ball down the line for Young to chase. That's 'chase' rather than 'get to' - the ball skips out for a goal kick.
    • 12' It's a dreary game, played at no real pace. No penetration from either side. Wake me up when something happens...
    • 11' This has been something of a yawn, I'm afraid. No goalmouth action at either end.
    • 9' Mark Bowen seems to be bossing things in the QPR dugout, while Eddie Niedzwiecki has an audio link to somebody. Not Harry, surely?
    • 8' The TV cameras have a lingering shot of Julio Cesar's knees. I'm afraid the significance is lost on me.
    • 7' Van Persie hoofs the corner away... Ashley Young chases after it and Traore comes across to put the ball out for a throw.
    • 6' Rio Ferdinand slips over and recovers just in time to stop Mackie racing through on goal - but it is a QPR corner.
    • 5' Young plays it down the line for the overlapping Evra, whose cross is headed clear.
    • 4' Long ball for Mackie to chase... Lindegaard trots out of his box to collect it. Not a thrilling start.
    • 3' There's a load of former United stars in the crowd today due to the unveiling of the Fergie statue - Robson, Schmeichel, Solskjaer and... Ryan Giggs.
    • 2' The home fans are singing that 12 Days of Christmas / Cantona song - it's that time of year again.
    • 1' And off we go at last! Both teams in their 'home' kits, which always makes for a better visual spectacle.
    • 15:05 Van Persie is presented with some award or other. Still not under way.
    • 15:00 Finally the teams come out after a delay of a few minutes - not sure why the hold-up but we'll be under way shortly.
    • 14:55 Redknapp signs autographs in the crowd - all eyes on the new QPR boss as he takes his seat. The teams are ready to come out of the tunnel.
    • 14:50 Man Utd are yet to draw a game this season, only four teams in Premier League history have drawn none of their opening 13 games (including Bolton last season).
    • 14:45 QPR have taken just three points from the last 57 available in Premier League away matches (W0 D3 L16).
    • 14:40 Redknapp looks like an excellent appointment. For all the self-aggrandising false modesty, the car-window interviews and the cacklingly matey media love for him, he's a fine manager who almost always improves football clubs. Despite their atrocious start, QPR are just five points from safety with 26 games left.
    • 14:35 So Darren Fletcher starts for Manchester United in the Premier League for the first time in over a year. The big surprise on the QPR team sheet is Kieron Dyer who has not started for them since he lasted only seven minutes in their opening day defeat to Bolton LAST season.
    • 14:30 Manchester United: Lindegaard; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Young, Fletcher, Scholes, Rooney, Welbeck; Van Persie. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Anderson, Smalling, Hernandez, Cleverley, Powell. /// QPR: Cesar; Mbia, Hill, Nelsen, Traore; Derry, Faurlin, Mackie, Taarabt, Dyer; Cisse. Subs: Green, Diakite, Ferdinand, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Ephraim, Hoilett
    • 14:25 Redknapp continues to insist he would have taken the Ukraine post if QPR had not acted quickly and offered him Mark Hughes's job. Are Ukraine and QPR the only people in the world who don't think they have been played like a fiddle?
    • 14:20 For once Manchester United have been upstaged today, with all eyes on Redknapp who has taken over as QPR boss today. He has landed a two-and-a-half year deal, and the word is that he is in line for a £1m bonus if he keeps QPR up.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from Old Trafford as Manchester United take on Harry Redknapp's latest project – Queens Park Rangers.
  • Summary

    • 37' Goal disallowed for QPR! Mackie races through to glance a header past Lindegaard, but there's a flag up and this one gets chalked off.

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