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United 2 QPR 0

A goal in each half was enough to firmly enhance United`s position as favourites for the Premier League crown.

Team News - As expected, with a hectic schedule to close the season, Sir Alex Ferguson made a few changes. The most significant of these being Ashley Young, after coming off the bench in midweek to score, was rewarded with a start. Danny Welbeck replaced Javier Hernandez whilst Phil Jones missed out. Having to settle for a place on a strong looking bench.

As for the visitors, it was surprising to see that neither Joey Barton nor Bobby Zamora were in the starting eleven. Zamora was on the bench but Barton wasn`t included in the eighteen.

United - De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael, Carrick, Young, Scholes, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - Amos, Jones, Giggs, Park, Cleverley, Pogba, Hernandez

First Half - United got the half underway and were to go on, for most of the half, to dominate proceedings. Much of the early chances, for United, came from set-pieces.

Early on Hill fouled Welbeck, just off of a central position, some twenty-five yards from goal, Rooney, from the resulting kick saw his shot deflected for a corner.

Minutes later, Young was fouled on the opposite side of the box, a similar distance from goal. This time Rooney saw his shot clawed away by Kenny. Our visitors, who`d hardly been out of their own half so far, exerted a spell of pressure that ended with a Buzsacky shot that went wide.

In the fourteenth minute United were to go ahead. Ashley Young tried to rush on to a through ball and Derry was adjudged to have fouled him inside the box. Derry received a straight red card with Rooney, subsequently, making no mistake form the spot beating the keeper low down t the keeper`s right.

United 1 QPR 0 (Rooney pen - 14 minutes)

United continued to gain free kicks and another foul, this tie by Hill on Welbeck, saw Young`s shot cannon into the wall. QPR, down to 10 men, went in search of an equaliser and Taarabt`s shot deflected off of Carrick requiring De Gea to tip the ball over the bar.

Young almost doubled the lead when he met a Rooney cross at the near post but his flicked header went wide of the far post. Rafael made an error and was relieved to see Evans block a Taarabt shot before United replied with a Rooney chip, from twenty yards out that Kenny clawed to safety.

With the half approaching a conclusion Valencia saw his cross headed over by Welbeck before Evra saw an angled shot drift wide.

Half Time - United 1 QPR 0

Second Half - United thought they`d doubled their lead three minutes into the second half but Welbeck`s effort, after a Scholes ball out to Valencia who provided the cross, was disallowed for offside.

Welbeck then curled a shot wide after a good build-up involving Young before Kenny did well to save a low shot, from twenty-two yards out, from Rooney. A rare piece of pressure form QPR saw a Diakite shot deflected wide before Scholes fired wide as United broke with pace.

Just before the hour mark Rafael had a great chance to double the lead, clean through he looked odds-on to score but Kenny somehow deflected his shot, fro seven yards onto the woodwork with his legs.

Rooney slipped a great ball into the path of Welbeck but Kenny was once again up to the challenge. Just a sit looked as if it was going to be a nervous last half to the half, Scholes did double the lead drilling in a low shot, from twenty yards out, from a Rafael assist.

United 2 QPR 0 (Scholes - 68 minutes)

Trying to get QPR back into the game, Smith saw a shot deflected wide but United could have extended their lead as the half progressed. First Carrick unleashed a screamer of a shot that hit the inside of the post and flew to safety, before Welbeck danced past two defenders only to see his shot, from eighteen yards, go wide.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 8 2012

Time: 3:28PM

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08/04/2012 15:38:00

Haha he says whilst Balotelli studs Song in the knee and doesn't get a red leaving City with 10 men. Like the Spuds game where he should've been sent of for a stamp on Parker, if he wins you the game, there will be an uproar.
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08/04/2012 16:26:00

A good performance and great result it's just a shame a linesman decision will get all the attention and take away from the fact that we did completely dominate the game and deserve the result. Was happy with Rafael today, he lacks the end product but his surges from the right back position could win us games in the future.
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08/04/2012 16:28:00

Mario didn't cheat TF7, he should have seen red but he didn't cheat like Young did. Totally dominated the game? Hardly a surprise when you cheat to get one of their players sent off after 15 mins.
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08/04/2012 16:50:00

Haha alright then whatever you say Bluedub, Man City Players don't cheat enjoy your moral high ground. Dzeko's swan dive v Sunderland wasn't cheating like Young's because City never ever cheat :P
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08/04/2012 17:29:00

Bluedub - Mario got a 2nd yellow and hopefully gets a lengthy ban - hes being so poor with his attitude for your lot recently - so glad Arsenal have done you - should have been 2-0 - Kompany was awesome today, and I feel so damn sorry for that guy - hes a class act...
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08/04/2012 17:59:00

So none of you are going to admit that you cheated to a win today? Typical
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08/04/2012 18:03:00

Should've been a lot more than 2 I reckon niteworlok. City looked knackered and lethargic. 8 points clear but we've still got to remain focused and win the last few games.
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08/04/2012 18:05:00

Would you admit you cheated to draw v Sunderland? Yeah Young made a meal of nothing but I still would've fancied us to win even if the penalty and red card hadn't been given.
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08/04/2012 18:07:00

Dzeko was fouled mate, he made a meal of it but Gardner caught him. Why can't you be honest?
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08/04/2012 18:13:00

Haha! That's rich coming from you ;)
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08/04/2012 18:18:00

Bluedumb the troll is never wrong, even the other city fans are on his back, when he blatantly cant see any wrongdoing by his team. Good performance today, agree with TFN7, everyone will be focused on the offside that should have been called. We would have won anyways. Had Arsenal not one today, everyone what have talking about the penaltyclaim Van Persie had in the first half, which was a clear penalty.. Well 8 points clear, its looking good.
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08/04/2012 18:50:00

luck does seem to perpetually smile on Old Trafford!
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08/04/2012 19:23:00

You've pretty much won the league now so 'Congratulations' from me, surely this must feel one of fergie's best considering this is his worst squad in a long time, makes it even more special...I gotta go with Bluedub though, Young was offside and he dived, totally unfair to QPR, the ref did bottle it, could of been a complete different game but City lost anyway so you say they have to 'win' games before they rely on other teams.
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08/04/2012 19:27:00

Fair enough merlin but a bit bold coming from a Chelsea fan who just saw his side score 2 offside goals to win a game you otherwise wouldve lost. All the big sides in the league get decisions go there way.
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08/04/2012 19:39:00

Thanks P.Avfc. I do agree also.Young went down way to easily and was two yards offside.Awful decision and i hope that doesn't send QPR down. @ nordkap, how can you possibly say we would have won anyway! Thats a ludicrous statement! We were very very lucky to beat Fulham at home who should have had a peno in the last minute! You obviously haven't a clue about football mate! We've put a great run together with a very average side! Just look at the way we were showed up in Europe! "Close to Barcelona"!!! We couldn't be further away!!! But anyway, let's all do the poznan :)
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08/04/2012 19:47:00

merlin, i sincerely hope that statement was tongue in cheek ;-)
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08/04/2012 19:49:00

Nordkap, what are you talking about? What City fans are on my back? You live in a fantasy world pal. The RVP penalty shout was about as strong as the Lescott penalty shout.
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08/04/2012 20:37:00

With some of our fans java you ain't got a chance of the Poznan, it's more than likely they'll sit there... quietly.... twiddling their thumbs. Perhaps overly harsh on nordkap also mate, no there's no guarantee that we would of won but would it be fair to say that considering both sides performances and mentalitys going into the game it was likely we would've won?
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08/04/2012 22:36:00

The famous No7, if you aren't embarrassed by what Young did then you're a bigger *****er than him, grow up and just admit FOR once that the sending off the dive and the whole thing was a *****in disgrace and it should never be allowed on a football field whether it's Man U or Crawley Town this sort of crap needs to be stopped. and no I don't support City, Chelsea, Arsenal, or even Liverpool or QPR so no bias here, njust a football fan who was appalled by what I saw.
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08/04/2012 23:35:00

The scores at the end of the game shows who deserved to win . City fans are upset because they feel their team has thrown the league tiltle away from a winning position . And who ever wins this league the the Best team and has nothing to do with the officials getting it wrong its about scoring goals and not losing.
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08/04/2012 23:37:00

What are you on about eltoro I've already admitted it when I said he made a meal of it, or is that not acknowledgement and admission. Tell me this though eltoro were you so appaled by Dzeko's, Carroll's, Bale's diving this season that you went and posted how appalled you were on VitalCity, VitalLiverpool and VitalSpurs sites? No? Didn't think so, so why is Young so appalling that you have to post on VMU?
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09/04/2012 09:04:00

@java - " lucky against Fulham" they were outplayed for the entire game execpt the last 10 minutes, sure they should have had a penalty, but then again we are back to the give and take over an entire season. Against QPR we were outplaying them before the sent off, I am certain we would have found a way to win it regardless of the sent off, look at our home form pal, call me whatever you want but beating QPR at home should be within our capabilities, we are champions of England and no 1 in the table... As for Young, there is great piece written by Gary Neville in his blog, while there was contact he fell easily, but look at all the other players in the PL, its now part of the game, face it.
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09/04/2012 10:31:00

@ jave - who said anything about Europe. If you dont realise that United is in a rebuilding stage introducing a lot of young players to the first team, then maybe you should have a lie down. New keeper, 2 new young defenders, right back is beibg tested, Cleverly introduced as well as Wellbeck, come on pal I for one never thought we stood a chance in Europe they other teams are too good for that. This team is one for the the future, it will probably peak in 2 years time with a few adjustments, but to stay no 1 in the league while rebuilding is a feat inmatched by hardly any team. I highly disagree with you that we are average, we might not be the freeflowing United of the past ( yet) but average, come on.
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09/04/2012 10:43:00

The famous no7, I wasn't watching those matches live so didn't see them for one! secondly they weren't offside by at least 4 ft! and the resulting foul didn't get another proffessional sent off for *****- all, this sort of stuff only happens at old trafford! anywhere else it wouldn't even be classed as a foul elsewhere on the pitch, the red card will be rescinded but one should also be added to Youngs disgraceful diving, you don't need to cheat your way to the title anyway as a team your far to good to good for that, but after that thats what will be remembered unfortunately, also both linesmen and ref, should never see another premier league game again.
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09/04/2012 11:21:00

oh and by the way TF7, you came on this site arguing the toss with Man city fans, not untill your 5th post did you mention he made a meal of it, only after being pushed to say it by other fans on here, so don't give me the crap that you already said it! it has to be the worst thing I've ever seen since the 80s when the italians started their antics. you can not say you would have won anyway, because you have no idea if the result would have been different, 1 penalty and 1 goal against 10 men does not mean you win! but the loss of a point could see QPR go down and that would would be unacceptable because of youngs disgraceful show.
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09/04/2012 11:34:00

Eltoro no I could not guarantee we would've won but you've just got to look at the mentality of both the sides and the stats up until the penalty incident to see that odds were we would walk away with all 3 points. 10 minutes in we had about 93% possession and QPR hadn't even been in our half. QPR played a dangerous game and turned up to get a point, them leaving out Barton, one of their best players, epitomised their attitude towards the game. No one pressured me into saying Young cheated either, trust me if I genuinely thought he hadnt cheated then my stubbornness would've meant I would never admit it. The simple fact is Youngs actions and the ref and linesmans cock up will takeaway from what was a well deserved victory in a game we dominated and created numerous chances. Young will get all the attention other cheaters don't get, why is that? Why is it that all the other numerous dives, cheating and foul play in the game will go largely unnoticed yet when Young does it there's a public outcry? At the end of the day, bad challenges, simulation and hounding the ref has sadly become part of the modern game and far more teams do it than just the top 6 sides, it's just the others tend to go unnoticed. Out of curiousity who actually urged me to admit it? I wasn't arguing Young wasn't a cheat with bluedub simply pointing out the hypocrisy of him saying he is a cheat after Dzeko's antics v Sunderland which even now he argues isn't cheating. I find it ridiculous that anyone should take a moral high ground about the incident as there's not a team out there that hasn't cheated.
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09/04/2012 12:17:00

Well put Famous.
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09/04/2012 13:14:00

It wasn't cheating as he had his shirt pulled - albeit slightly, it was the officals cockup that led to not seeing the offside, and a penalty and red card given out. Young did go to ground too easy, but that in itself isn't cheating as Derry did grab his shirt (so Derry was cheating then)
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09/04/2012 15:48:00

He didn't grab his shirt. The palm of his hand made slight contact with him. For crying out loud, you call us blinkered?
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10/04/2012 11:45:00

Yes Derry did grab his shirt - Im not the one who is blinkered......
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