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QPR 0 United 2

United held off the challenge of Queens Park Rangers with a comfortable win in West London this lunchtime.

Team News - With a growing injury list, Sir Alex partnered Evans with Ferdinand at the heart of the defence, in midfield Jones was chosen alongside Carrick whilst Valencia was given a wide berth in place of Young.

United - De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Young, Fryers

First Half - United got the game underway at a chilly Loftus Road and were to go ahead with the third fastest goal of the Premier League season so far. Valencia, preferred to Young, delivered a decent cross into the danger area and there was Rooney stopping to guide the ball home with his head.

QPR 0 United 1 (Rooney - 52 seconds)

United were slicing QPR apart and one flowing move involving Rooney and Nani saw Welbeck bearing down on goal but his weakfish shot spoiled the opportunity.

Wright-Phillips, responding for the visitors fired over after cutting inside and then the hosts won two corners in quick succession. The first, after some good work by Bothroyd, saw an unmarked Helguson head wide whilst the second, again delivered by Barton, was cleared with United launching a counter-attack that saw a Nani shot deflected for a corner.

A decent move involving Carrick playing a delightful one-two with Rooney resulted in another corner being won but Nani`s delivery was claimed by the QPR keeper.

QPR had a great chance to level but, with United pondering why Howard Webb hadn`t given a foul for a challenge on Rooney, Bothroyd lifted it over the bar. Ferdinand, disputing the decision to allow play on, received a yellow card.

Some good passing from United continued to cut QPR open and Jones should have scored when provided with a good lay-off by Nani. United should have increased their lead when Evans, reacting to a flick-on from Welbeck, headed against the top of the bar.

Cerny, showing that his looked better than a third choice keeper, then saved well from Jones before pulling off a great save to deny Welbeck after a shot from Rooney had been blocked. Another United corner, immediately after the aforementioned save, saw Evans have a header cleared off the line by Faurlin.

De Gea was called into action, as we entered the last fifteen minutes of the half, saving with an out-stretched foot a shot from Helguson. Increasing the pressure the home side saw a shot from Bothroyd go wide before Helguson shot wide, when presented with a great chance, only to find Webb had already given a foul.

Right on the stroke of half time, Bothroyd played a great ball into the six yard box but it evaded their two on-rushing QPR players.

Half Time - QPR 0 United 1

QPR got the action underway with only ten men on the pitch with Gabbidon still emerging from the dressing room. His absence gave Rooney an early chance but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Welbeck, striding forward, tumbled under a challenge from Gabbidon but Webb waved play on but United were soon to double that lead. Barton gave the ball away far too easily and Carrick went on a barnstorming run. Bursting towards the edge of the area his low shot beat Cerny and Carrick had his first goal in seventy appearances.

QPR 0 United 2 (Carrick - 56 minutes)

QPR responded with a shot from Bothroyd that De Gea saved before United increased the pressure by forcing a corner. Taken short, Valencia drilled the ball in, it got a touch and Rooney desperately tried to, unsuccessfully though, turn it in at the far post.

Jones became the second recipient of a yellow card when he was penalised for trying, unfairly, to win the ball back after conceding possession. Welbeck almost go on the score sheet with a curling effort, after latching onto a ball from Rooney, but his curling effort was splendidly tipped over the bar by Cerny.

It was to be Welbck`s last piece of action as he was soon to be replaced by the returning from injury Javier Hernandez. Trying to get back into the game, QPR forced a corner, through Mackie, but De Gea easily claimed the high ball in.

United were now searching for a third goal and Jones was unlucky when h slow shot came back off the base of the post after another good passing move. Nani and Valencia were then involved in a move that saw Cerny cut out a cross that looked to be heading for Rooney.

QPR had a glorious chance to reduce the arrears when a cross in from Taarabt found Campbell but his guided effort just went the wrong side of the bar.

United were springing counter-attacks almost at will and one move involving Giggs and Nani saw a poor final ball before another, this time from a Smalling ball in, saw Hernandez head over.

In the three minutes of stoppage time, Jones provided another lung-busting surge forward but the shot from Young was straight at the keeper.

All in all, three deserved points for United.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 18 2011

Time: 2:02PM

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A great performance from the team. The only person who put in a questionable performance was Evra but he soon sorted that out in the 2nd half. How we only walked away with 2 goals is beyond me, Jones, Valencia and Welbeck all should've grab goals while Evans had the chance to grab 3. Our finishing evidently wasn't the best but in fairness to QPR their keeper put in a class performance. Rooney has to be MOTM, his first touch passes split the QPR defence on numerous occassions, he just looked up for it. A great game to watch.
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18/12/2011 14:31:00

Surprised to see Chipolata on the bench yesterday. Thought he was out til February. When Fergie says how long one of his players is out injured, remember to reduce by 2 thirds. I recall when Nani was injured by Carragher at Anfield, he was back on the bench within 10 days (after scare stories of months out), when it was clear they couldn't get Carra banned. Why can't the press realise Fergie treats them with utter contempt, see right through his bull***** and throw it right back at him?
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18/12/2011 19:17:00

Howard why are you signed up to VMU when all you do is troll, bitch and complain about the club? You're evidently not a fan and only ever rant and rave about things you don't like without offering any comments remotely related to the article or current topic. With regards to injuries how on Earth can you criticise a man for either being badly informed by his physio's or simply getting it wrong? Injuries are a very tough area in football and the severity of an injury is really hard to judge e.g. with your own Nani/Carragher example: - How on Earth are you supposed to get an accurate reading on that? It was just through ridiculous luck that that massive gash on his leg never proved to be too serious. Another example would be Hargreaves, how many times did we get told he would be fit and ready to play for it never to happen? Some players heal faster than others, some are more susceptible to injuries and it's not very often the recovery time is accurate let alone correct.
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18/12/2011 20:12:00

Excellent performance, fast flowing attacking football. Jones was immense, he surprises me everytime, he bossed the midfield - yes okay this was QPR, but still, very solid perfomance. Ferdinand was in complete control and we need him on top of his game now more than ever with vidic out. What a great surprise to see Chica back from injury, im sure he will be pounding in goals once back he is in form. The football we play is looking better and better, and its the right time to hit a higher gear. As for you Howard, even if SAF was feeding the press bulls..., what does it matter, where does it say that SAF has to tell the complete truth about our injury situation or any other situation (transfers?), what a lame suggestion, how many other clubs do you think do that, Wenger, Mancini, AVB ?? give me a break, its all part of the tactics, what planet are you from. As for treating the press with contempt, are you serious, how much bulls... do they write about United, 90% of what is published is c..., now thats contempt for you.
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19/12/2011 08:49:00

Howard, they dare not question him because they fear a lack of access. We've seen how he behaves towards hacks that ask questions he doesn't like.
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19/12/2011 10:02:00

There's a reason QPR are only 3 points above the relegation zone. Don't let these relatively straightforward wins over the likes of Wolves and QPR lull you into a false sense that all is well at old toilet - you are a shadow of even the poor side that sleepwalked to the title last season. Tougher tests await you, and I'd be surprised if you don't start dropping a lot of points in the second half of the season - whether the offside pea, the messiah Cleverly or the lazy berbaflop are available or not.
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19/12/2011 12:09:00

You can only beat whats in front of you as Chelsea did last Monday. Utd are still a good bet to go top or poised ready to strike during our traditional strong period.
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19/12/2011 12:49:00

As in Christmas nickster? Have a look at City's points haul last Christmas, it seems Mancini might be making a tradition of his own.
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19/12/2011 13:01:00

Here's a good read for you nickster,
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19/12/2011 13:22:00

Wow, it was precisely a week before City fans started to pipe up again, well it was nice while it lasted. What's your crystal ball saying this week fcb?
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19/12/2011 13:23:00

It was 6 weeks before you guys started to pipe up after the Sick Swan Massacre TF7 which is quite apt when you think about it.;-)
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19/12/2011 13:32:00

Hehe, very clever and witty remark bluedub. Quick question, how's Hargo getting on at City? Is he still struggling with fitness and injuries or is just that fair down the pecking order that I haven't heard nothing on him?
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19/12/2011 14:25:00

Still struggling mate. He seems to be involved with everything in training but I don't believe he's ready. An example, when he played his first CC game he didn't train fully for the following two weeks and just worked with the physio on muscle strains during that time. When he played the last CC game against Arsenal he was back full training within 2 days, so I guess from that we can conclude his body is getting back somewhere close to full working capacity. I believe the intention is to have him ready to cover for Yaya when he goes to the ACN, I reckon De Jong will feature more in the first team when this happens and that Hargreaves will be back up for him.
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19/12/2011 14:45:00

It's good to hear he's on the mend it's just such a shame it's so late in his career. Some interesting rumours going about regarding potential transfer targets Redboy apparently we've agreed a 30 mil deal for Gaitan (bull5h1t) and according to Meulensteen we're keeping a close eye on Eriksen.
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19/12/2011 15:15:00

I say I rattled your cage, TF7? You've come out looking rather foolish. My post was not a rant or rave, it was relevant to the topic, and I offered comment which sparked further debate so calm the ***** down. If you think Fergie simply gets things wrong or is misinformed by his physios then you're either seriously deluded or Paddy Crerand's lover, or both. So Fergie doesn't use his deliberate misinformation as a way of trying to attract sympathy, create the pathetic siege mentality, influencing future decisions by officials, throwing the media off the scent and treating anyone who cares about news from ManU with utter contempt? As has been said, fear is the only reason the press give his conferences the time of day.
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20/12/2011 00:13:00

You never rattled my cage it was a simply question which you still haven't answered. Why do you pose to be a Man U fan when all you do is bitch about the club? Like I said, injuries are a very tough area in football and you're going to get a lot more wrong than right e.g. Arsenal with RVP, Wilshere & Vermaelen, Liverpool with Gerrard, Sunderland with Wickham, Chelsea when they had Benayoun just to name very few. There's really no case for Fergie to answer to here, every club has injury problems and every club gets the recovery time wrong more often than not, sometimes it takes longer sometimes it doesn't and you're making an issue out of nothing.
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20/12/2011 10:30:00

Man utd suck.
Slippy G-19
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