Saturday February 23, 2013 Day 27 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 0 - 2 Manchester United

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  1. Premier League - Giggs on target as United deepen QPR misery

    Premier League - Giggs on target as United deepen QPR misery

    Goals from Rafael and Ryan Giggs helped Manchester United beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Loftus Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
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    • Manchester United
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    • 90+3 That's the final whistle, United win 2-0 to move 15 points clear while QPR lie seven points away from safety. Thanks for joining me, you can find me on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport with post-match questions. Twitter
    • 90+2 Intricate play by Giggs, Welbeck and Nani on the edge of the QPR box but the home side get it clear.
    • 90+1 Three minutes are added on as a Valencia shot is blocked.
    • 90' Hmm, a goal kick has been given. Maybe it hit the post with De Gea covering, but I thought that was a save. De Gea hits it long.
    • 89' Free-kick to QPR late on as Rafael commits a foul. Swung in by Taarabt and in flies Samba far post but his downward header is well saved by Dea Gea!
    • 88' Welbeck almost turns into a finish but a slide tackle from Jenas I think foils him. Good play Giggs and Rooney in the build-up.
    • 87' Valencia fouls Traore after trying to dispossess the QPR defender in his own box.
    • 86' Remy is indeed okay and returns to the field of play.
    • 85' It's Remy who is down, I think he got something in his eye so it should all be fine.
    • 84' A break in play as a QPR player requires on pitch treatment for a head injury.
    • 82' A brilliant crossfield pass from Nani finds Valencia, who cuts it back for Giggs who noncholantly chips it off the bar! The loose ball drops for Nani but he blasts the volley over!
    • 81' Fine interception by a flying MBia as Valencia's cross was all set for a Rooney finish. Corner.
    • 80' GOAL UNITED! On his 999th competitive match as an adult footballer, Ryan Giggs smacks a vicious low finish past Cesar after that counter attack saw him sent through on the left side of the box. Great pass from Nani to send Giggs past the last defender, cracking finish!
    • 79' The ball breaks to Jenas on the edge of the box but his touch is woeful and United counter...
    • 77' Great run by Welbeck cutting inside from the left but a brilliant sliding block from a covering Jenas denies him after the box opened up for a finish!
    • 76' Backs against the walls now for QPR as United crank it up in chase of a second. Hill again hooking it clear.
    • 75' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2-0! Evra got in space down the left wing after an overlapping run, the cut-back landed behind Welbeck flying in but Rooney dug out a finish which was blocked brilliantly by a flying Hill!
    • 73' QPR SUB: Hoilett comes on, I think Townsend may have made way.
    • 72' Samba with one of the wilder clearances you'll see after another poor pass from Cesar puts him in trouble. He only needs to look at his keeper to get the apology.
    • 70' Rafael gets in space down the right but overhits the cross behind for a goal kick.
    • 69' Welbeck tries to hold it up for Valencia on the overlap but Traore gets across to intercept.
    • 68' UNITED SUB: Valencia replaces Young.
    • 67' Traore gets in a pickle in his own box but Nani, having done well to close him down, fails to pick out Rooney and the hosts clear. Down the other end Townsend has a dig, but it's well wide.
    • 66' Vidic has a graze above his eye - Samba's giant arm struck his face during that tussle. The Serb gets some treatment on the sidelines.
    • 65' The corner lands on Samba's head at the far post but, with Vidic battling away, the Congolese puts it wide. It says plenty about Samba that he makes Vidic look small!
    • 64' GOOD SAVE DE GEA! Was straight at him from Remy but a ferocious effort from the Frenchman cutting inside from the left. Replay shows the save was better than it looked!
    • 63' Taarabt wins a corner after his long-range effort strikes Vidic. I lie, it went for a throw by the flag.
    • 62' Finally got a look at that Carrick-Taarabt tangle. Carrick got the ball, hooking it in the air, and Taarabt fell over him as both got up. No foul.
    • 61' QPR SUB: Zamora ambles off for Remy. UNITED SUB: Rooney gets a run out, Hernandez off.
    • 60' Fantastic skill from Taarabt to weave around three challenges, he finds Zamora on the left who slips it Traore on the wing but the left-back miscontrols. Poor.
    • 59' The ball is back with Cesar and I'm still waiting for a second look at that incident - I don't think it was a penalty either way but QPR would have taken a free-kick from that range!
    • 58' QPR have a shout for some kind of set piece as Carrick tangles with Taarabt on the edge of the box. Looked just outside to me.
    • 56' Giggs swings an outswinging free-kick aimed for the head of Vidic, but he doesn't get good contact and it flies well wide.
    • 55' Hill with a ridiculously high boot into Rafael. Looked a red card to me but he's getting away with it!
    • 54' Hernandez nearly turns on the edge of the box but QPR get it away.
    • 53' All gone a bit tennis if you get my drift, lots of high balls pinging between defences.
    • 51' QPR with a spell of possession now but it's not as, how should I put it, 'luxurious' as United's.
    • 50' Bosingwa and Young collide and United have the free-kick. Sent long for Hernandez, who cuts in from the left with a mazy run but is tackled by Samba.
    • 48' Young picks out Welbeck from the left after a poor kick by Cesar but the England man can't keep it in.
    • 47' Almost a howler for Cesar as he fumbles a Nani header from Young's cross. He gets on to the rebound though, with Giggs lurking.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Loftus Road! One change sees QPR replace Granero with Jenas.
    • 45+2 Half-time and United lead through that Rafael wonderstrike! Van Persie has gone off injured though...
    • 45+2 United holding on to the ball well now as Nani and Welbeck combine, Welbeck feeding Hernandez who feels he was being pulled by Hill but no penalty. QPR break but miscontrol from Granero and the move dies.
    • 45+1 Two minutes added time being played as Young wins a free-kick. Evra is fine now, running with the ball.
    • 45' ... Naughty from Townsend who appeared to stamp on Evra's face as they tangled for the ball. Need to see that again. Evra was out cold, or seemed to be, but he's up now. The ref decides it was accidental and plays an uncontested drop ball, which Zamora kicks back to De Gea.
    • 44' United wanted advantage as Welbeck was clear but good refereeing as Evra appears to have gone down with a head injury...
    • 43' Traore with a teasing cross from the left but Giggs is back defending and completes the clearance.
    • 42' Giggs with that free-kick then, which he swings into the six-yard box where a flying Vidic meets it but flicks the header inches wide!
    • 41' UNITED SUB: Van Persie will not continue, with the Champions League match against Real Madrid in mind no doubt, Welbeck on.
    • 40' Great play by Hernandez down the right to skin Traore, he rides one foul and the ref plays advantage but is then hacked down and United have a free-kick.
    • 39' Lovely backheel from Young but it doesn't come to anything as the recipient Giggs fails to do anything with the ball.
    • 38' Samba with a cool piece of control and pass out wide for Traore but United get the ball clear.
    • 37' QPR clear that corner well enough but what a piece of play just then.
    • 36' Fantastic piece of football as a brilliant crossfield pass from Rafael completely rips the QPR defence apart, with Van Persie arriving with a flying volley that Cesar tips wide!
    • 35' The ref is chatting to Vidic and Rio, not sure what the issue is there... RvP still struggling. Now Townsend has a dig, deflected wide this time for a QPR corner. That sees Rafael clear one off the line, although he was not remotely threatened as had held his position.
    • 34' Van Persie has picked up a knock or strain and is looking uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Taarabt mis-hits a low shot miles wide after getting in betwen Rio and Vidic. If anything comes for QPR it will be through him.
    • 33' Wild effort miles over the bar from Townsend after a good decoy run from Zamora opened up a shooting opportunity.
    • 32' Lovely passing move from United to release Van Persie on the left but it's his turn to overhit a cross.
    • 30' ... But it's wasted, far too deep and away to safety.
    • 29' United have a corner on the left which Young will take. He waits for the big men to come up...
    • 28' Now Rafael loses control of it and Mackie has a dig but it's well off target.
    • 27' Granero with a high ball into the United box that is only half cleared.
    • 25' United come forward again as Giggs releases Young, fine cross but cool defending from Traore to chest back to Cesar.
    • 24' What a goal from the full-back. Cesar had parried an effort from Van Persie. Incredible finish.
    • 23' GOAL UNITED! Screamer from Rafael! into the top left corner from miles out after a loose ball drops to him on the run!
    • 22' Foul by Zamora on the QPR right and De Gea pumps the free-kick long.
    • 21' Granero thrashes a wild effort high and wide after a promising move led by Taarabt.
    • 20' Nice idea from Carrick with a diagonal through-ball but overhit as far as Hernandez is concerned and it rolls out for a goal kick.
    • 19' That chance came from a risky throw by Cesar and poor control from Samba. Shaky all around.
    • 18' Fantastic cross from Nani on the right wing and Hernandez flies in but it bounces inches away from his outstretched leg!
    • 17' Van Persie's corner is cleared by Granero but United have it back in defence with Rio.
    • 16' Good save by Cesar as Hernandez tries a cheeky back-header after a cross from Young! Classic Chicharito, an improvised finish, but Cesar equal to it. Corner.
    • 15' Taarabt with one of his sudden turns and burst towards goal, but he sends a daisy cutter well wide of De Gea's goal.
    • 14' Nice idea from Carrick to flick the ball down the line but, while Giggs is no slouch, the old man of the Premier League lacks the searing pace of old and can't get there.
    • 12' Free-kick to United on the left, which Young will swing in... Superb flat ball on to the head of Nani flying in around the penalty spot, but he flicks the header wide!
    • 11' Vidic hoofs clear as Taarab threatened to pick out Zamora.
    • 10' QPR have a throw on the right wing. Chance to launch it into the box.
    • 9' United stroking the ball about deep in their half. No need to take risks when you have van Persie loitering for 90 minutes!
    • 8' Van Persie fails to get hold of it on edge of the box and QPR have goal kick. Subdued start to match.
    • 6' Poor ball in from the Hoops and United get it away.
    • 5' Vidic fouls Zamora after the QPR man does well to shield the ball. Free-kick to the hosts on he right wing...
    • 4' Good slide tackle from Samba as Van Persie threatened to get in.
    • 3' United with the early possession but nothing too probing - QPR pretty well organised under 'Arry.
    • 2' Zamora with an early touch on the ball. He has struggled for fitness since getting an England call a few years ago but Remy's injury problems have given him another chance.
    • 1' Jordan Teong ‏@JordanTeong: "man u to win 4-0" , Otto Rock ‏@incakolanews: "Upset on the cards today. QPR to win this, 'Arry hope springs eternal" Twitter
    • 1' The first half is underway!
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    • 14:55 Some of your predictions - scott donnelly ‏@srd37: "think Utd will win 3-1 2day?" , Ibrahim Hamwi ‏@IbrahimHamwi: "5-0 #ManchesterUnited" MAKE YOUR PREDICTIONS ON TWITTER!
    • 14:50 What's your prediction? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 14:45 William Hill have United at 4/7 to claim victory, with QPR 11/2. The draw is 11/4. I reckon those odds should be shorter on United - I can see them winning by a few clear goals.
    • 14:40 FACT: Man Utd have been successful with only two of their five Premier League penalties this season.
    • 14:40 FACT: This game sees the team with the Premier League’s worst conversion rate (8%) host the team with the best conversion rate (21%).
    • 14:35 FACTS: Only one team in Premier League history has gained more points from their opening 26 games than Man Utd this season (Chelsea 2005-06, 66). United have scored one more goal (62) than Chelsea in 2009-10 (61) had after 26 games, when they went on to end the season with a record 103 goals.
    • 14:35 FACTS: QPR have taken just two points from 11 Premier League encounters with Manchester United. QPR’s last win against United was a 4-1 win at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day 1992. Rangers’ last win against United at Loftus Road came in May 1989.
    • 14:30 Sir Alex Ferguson: "It is not easy when you are down at the bottom of the league. Harry will be the first to admit that. It may have helped him if he had gone a bit earlier. But with Harry’s experience and ability to judge players, he will have a better chance that most in that situation."
    • 14:30 Harry Redknapp: "I'd be very surprised if (United) don't win the league from where they are. We need to close the gap (at the bottom). We need 20 points at least. Whether that would be enough I don't know but we have to try for that. Of course I feel we can do it. If I stop believing everyone does. I still think it is possible with 12 games to go and lost of points to play for. Six points can turn everything around so quickly."
    • 14:25 Wayne Rooney was expected to miss out with a sinus problem but, while he does not start, the England forward is on the bench. As a result Javier Hernandez partners the recalled Robin van Persie up front, with Danny Welbeck making way. Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) are sidelined.
    • 14:25 QPR's Loic Remy missed training with a groin complaint but is on the bench, while Junior Hoilett (hamstring) is also back on the bench but Samba Diakite (back from international duty) is not involved. Bobby Zamora gets a start despite managing a niggling hip injury.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Granero, Mbia, Mackie, Taarabt, Zamora; Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Onouha, Jenas, Remy, Hoilett /// Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Young, Van Persie, Hernandez; Subs: Lindergaard, Evans, Valencia, Cleverley, Anderson, Rooney, Welbeck
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between top and bottom as leaders Manchester United visit basement boys QPR, kick off 3pm!
  • Summary

    • 89' Free-kick to QPR late on as Rafael commits a foul. Swung in by Taarabt and in flies Samba far post but his downward header is well saved by Dea Gea!
    • 82' A brilliant crossfield pass from Nani finds Valencia, who cuts it back for Giggs who noncholantly chips it off the bar! The loose ball drops for Nani but he blasts the volley over!
    • 81' Fine interception by a flying MBia as Valencia's cross was all set for a Rooney finish. Corner.
    • 80' GOAL UNITED! On his 999th competitive match as an adult footballer, Ryan Giggs smacks a vicious low finish past Cesar after that counter attack saw him sent through on the left side of the box. Great pass from Nani to send Giggs past the last defender, cracking finish!
    • 75' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2-0! Evra got in space down the left wing after an overlapping run, the cut-back landed behind Welbeck flying in but Rooney dug out a finish which was blocked brilliantly by a flying Hill!
    • 64' GOOD SAVE DE GEA! Was straight at him from Remy but a ferocious effort from the Frenchman cutting inside from the left. Replay shows the save was better than it looked!
    • 55' Hill with a ridiculously high boot into Rafael. Looked a red card to me but he's getting away with it!
    • 45' ... Naughty from Townsend who appeared to stamp on Evra's face as they tangled for the ball. Need to see that again. Evra was out cold, or seemed to be, but he's up now. The ref decides it was accidental and plays an uncontested drop ball, which Zamora kicks back to De Gea.
    • 42' Giggs with that free-kick then, which he swings into the six-yard box where a flying Vidic meets it but flicks the header inches wide!
    • 36' Fantastic piece of football as a brilliant crossfield pass from Rafael completely rips the QPR defence apart, with Van Persie arriving with a flying volley that Cesar tips wide!
    • 35' The ref is chatting to Vidic and Rio, not sure what the issue is there... RvP still struggling. Now Townsend has a dig, deflected wide this time for a QPR corner. That sees Rafael clear one off the line, although he was not remotely threatened as had held his position.
    • 23' GOAL UNITED! Screamer from Rafael! into the top left corner from miles out after a loose ball drops to him on the run!
    • 18' Fantastic cross from Nani on the right wing and Hernandez flies in but it bounces inches away from his outstretched leg!
    • 16' Good save by Cesar as Hernandez tries a cheeky back-header after a cross from Young! Classic Chicharito, an improvised finish, but Cesar equal to it. Corner.
    • 12' Free-kick to United on the left, which Young will swing in... Superb flat ball on to the head of Nani flying in around the penalty spot, but he flicks the header wide!
    • 14:20 TEAMS - QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Granero, Mbia, Mackie, Taarabt, Zamora; Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Onouha, Jenas, Remy, Hoilett /// Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Young, Van Persie, Hernandez; Subs: Lindergaard, Evans, Valencia, Cleverley, Anderson, Rooney, Welbeck
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