Manchester United survive scare to beat Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United come from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United came from behind to beat bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Old Trafford today.
The visitors, with new manager Harry Redknapp watching from the stands, started brightly and dominated the opening exchanges.
Manchester United welcomed Wayne Rooney back into their starting eleven, but the England international struggled, as did his team, to get things moving in a lethargic first half performance.
And so it was slightly less surprising than it should have been to see QPR take the lead. Seven minutes into the second half Shaun Derry's shot was parried by Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, and Scotland international Jamie Mackie tapped home.
QPR caretaker manager Mark Bowen must have been dreaming of a heroic away win, but Sir Alex Ferguson quickly responded by throwing on his super-sub Javier Hernandez, as well as Anderson.
The two additions upped the tempo for United, and the Red Devils were soon back in the game, Jonny Evans bundling in an equaliser in the 64th minute before Darren Fletcher put Sir Alex Ferguson's side 2-1 ahead four minutes later.
And four minutes after that Manchester United were out of sight - Hernandez living up to his billing with a customary strike twenty minutes from time to kill off any hopes QPR had of taking something from the game.
With the three points, Manchester United move up into second, but Manchester City play Chelsea tomorrow, and depending on the result, United may not stay there come 6pm on Sunday evening.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, West Brom continued their excellent form with a 4-2 away victory over Sunderland, and the Baggies now sit third in the table.
Relegation strugglers Norwich snatched a point at Goodison Park in the dying minutes to draw 1-1, while a Jordi Gomez hat-trick gave Wigan a 3-2 win against Reading.
In the day's other game, a Peter Crouch knock down was converted by Charlie Adam to give Stoke a 1-0 victory at home over Fulham.