Match Report: Manchester United 3-1 Queens Park Rangers


By Lee Savery

An emotional goal for Darren Fletcher featured for Manchester United as they had to come from behind to beat bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers.

In another performance that saw the home side struggle to really get going, it was that old familiar feeling for United fans who had to see their side go behind before finally getting the points they expected.

Harry Redknapp was installed as the new manager of the R’s and he watched from the stands as his new side played impressively. Jamie Mackie saw a goal correctly ruled out for offside in the first half. He would get his reward though with a tap-in on 51 minutes after Kieron Dyer’s cross from the left-hand side.

This goal finally sparked United into life. The introductions of Anderson & Javier Hernandez certainly made a difference but not before the away side squandered a counter attack that if Djibril Cisse had played Mackie through, a second goal might have came.

However, on 63 minutes, a Wayne Rooney corner from the left, was headed toward goal by Danny Welbeck and nodded in by Jonny Evans. Old Trafford was finally alive.

The turnaround was complete four minutes later from another Rooney corner. His cross was met by Darren Fletcher whose power header was his first goal since his return from the bowel condition that could have ended his career. It was an emotional moment shared by his team mates in front of the Stretford End.

The victory was wrapped up four minutes later when Anderson’s driving run through the QPR defence opened up the chance to find Hernandez with an expert pass whose touch and finish was exquisite. 8 goals in his last 8 games for the Mexican.

Despite the victory, Sir Alex Ferguson will be concerned with the display shown in the first hour. United are back on top, for now, and the three points will be the most important thing. A return to winning ways for the Red Devils was much needed today.

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1 Comment

  1. Sideshow Bob on

    Fantastic impact sub performance from Anderson. His better showings have generally come as a replacement. For me, he should be used as an impact sub because I don’t think he has the fitness levels to be a regular starter. Carrick-Cleverley should be the starting pairing with Scholes or Anderson used depending on the match situation.

    He should be capable of starting regularly, but history has shown isn’t. Anderson’s form and fitness is like a vicious circle. He returns fresh from injury, does okay, then his fitness levels start to deteriorate impacting on his form. His lower fitness levels cause an injury thereby restarting the cycle. There’s a direct correlation between his performance and fitness levels and that’s why I think Fergie is looking after him this season. I personally don’t envisage him starting the number of games fans would like for the reason stated above.

    There’s a method in Fergie’s ‘madness’.

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