QPR 0-2 Manchester United: Match Review


Manchester United move to the top of the Barclays Premier League table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Wayne Rooney put the visitors in front inside a minute with a well-taken header, and the Red Devils set siege on the home side's goal, creating a number of chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Neil Warnock's men were tenacious in the tackle, but were eventually outclassed by the greater quality of the reigning champions, who keep the pressure on local rivals Manchester City - who host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium later this afternoon.

United still showed occasional signs of frailty in defence without injured captain Nemanja Vidic, and Patrice Evra looking particularly vulnerable against a lively Shaun Wright-Phillips on the wing.

But Sir Alex Ferguson ensured his team continued their rehabilitation from their shock UEFA Champions League exit, following up last weekend's 4-1 victory over Wolves at Old Trafford with another comfortable away performance.

With a 1-0 half-time advantage, United wasted little time in doubling their lead through Michael Carrick early in the second half. The midfielder captialised on a Joey Barton error, dispossessing him with ease and advanced unchallenged towards the QPR area before scoring with a low shot past Radek Cerny.

United ultimately carried far too much power for Rangers, especially with Rooney restored to his familiar attacking role after a spell in midfield.

With time running out, Warnock introduced Adel Taarabt and DJ Campbell, who combined to create QPR's best chance of the game - the Moroccan's cross should have been converted by Campbell who failed to hit the target from close-range.

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