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wide from Ashley Young’s cross.
Hernandez then twice went close in quick succession, firstly seeing his header well tipped over by Cesar before being inches away from connecting with Nani’s low cross.
For all their endeavour, Rangers were struggling to keep possession or fashion any chances themselves and it was not a huge surprise when they fell behind.
Van Persie battled his way to the byline and his drilled cross was palmed away by Cesar as far as Rafael, who hit an unstoppable, first-time drive that flew into the keeper’s top right corner. A Goal of the Season contender, without question.
Meanwhile, van Persie had picked up a hip injury after tripping over a cameraman just beyond the byline. The Reds’ top scorer looked set to be replaced immediately, but continued playing after consulting the bench.
The goal sparked the game into life and QPR created their first real opportunity 10 minutes before the break when Chris Samba’s header was cleared off the line by Rafael.
The Reds’ right-back promptly hared down the wing as United broke and delivered a wonderful long ball into the path of van Persie, whose controlled left-foot volley was just tipped wide by Cesar. That proved to be the Dutchman’s last contribution as he left the field gingerly, replaced by Danny Welbeck.