Match Report: QPR 0 – 2 Man United

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TKTG brings together the best articles from around the web on Man United’s 2-0 away victory over QPR.  This latest victory puts United 15 points clear of Man City ahead of their home clash against Chelsea this afternoon.

ESPNFC

Rafael’s exquisite strike helped Manchester United stay on course for the Premier League title as embattled QPR’s survival hopes took another blow with the Red Devils triumphing 2-0.

The Brazilian right-back’s first-half effort set Sir Alex Ferguson’s on course for a victory, which was wrapped up 10 minutes from time by veteran Ryan Giggs.

Only an unparalleled meltdown will now stop United winning a 20th league crown, while only the greatest of escapes will see QPR stave off relegation.

Harry Redknapp’s side are still seven points adrift of safety but have only 11 matches remaining, with the twin brother of QPR loanee Fabio doing a lot of the damage today.

While the Rs full-back was ineligible to face his parent club, Rafael put in a fine performance in west London and rifled home from distance in the 23rd minute.

Giggs made sure of a victory that was never really in doubt late on at Loftus Road, where the only blot on a perfect afternoon for United was a knock to Robin van Persie.

Read the complete article by ESPNFC

BBC Sport

Ryan Giggs scored on his 999th senior appearance for club and country to help lift Manchester United 15 points above Manchester City with victory over QPR.

The Welshman sealed the win after Rafael’s spectacular 20-yard strike had given the visitors a first-half lead.

The young Brazilian also showed his worth in defence when he cleared Chris Samba’s header off the line.

QPR improved after the break but Giggs timed his run to tuck in with 10 minutes left and later hit the bar.

A stinging shot from Loic Remy was saved by David De Gea and it had looked like United might have to endure a nervous finish before Giggs’s intervention settled the contest.

In the end, there was time for Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney to waste further chances, as United inflicted a defeat that leaves QPR rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, seven points from safety.

Manchester City, who face third-placed Chelsea on Sunday, now face a huge task to catch United with 12 games remaining.

The only minor worry for the league leaders was an injury to Robin van Persie as the striker set up Rafael for the opener.

The Dutchman was replaced before half-time after suffering what looked like a hip injury as he fell down a cameraman’s bunker behind the goal-line.

Read the complete report by BBC Sport’s Alistair Magowan

 

ESPNFC Blog – United Turn Screw in Title Race

“MUFC. AAA Rating” proclaimed the banner in Loftus Road’s School End. For fans of a club with such a well-publicised debt, it was an odd choice of topical reference, but if ratings are handed out for the likelihood of winning a 20th title, then Manchester United are definitely Triple-A. As against Fulham on their previous trip to West London, they did not dazzle, but hardly needed to.

Queens Park Rangers are a plummeting team but Sir Alex Ferguson recognised this victory’s importance. At the final whistle he made his way to United’s travelling fans and punched the air with the feeling of a manager who believes his team are within touching distance, in a manner he did ten years ago at Highbury. His team have far and away their best record at this stage of any Premier League season, and City kick off their Sunday lunchtime fixture with Chelsea fully fifteen points behind.

 The latest victory on an unbending road to the title might have come at a cost. Robin van Persie’s failure to shake off a strangely sustained injury will have sent some into collywobbles about his ability to be fit to face tougher opposition, but Ferguson cut a relaxed figure post-match after Rafael’s wonderful strike and Ryan Giggs’ goal at a ground he first scored at nineteen years ago, in his 999th professional match.

Read the rest of the article by ESPNFC’s John Brewin

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