Queens Park Rangers   0

Man United   2

Rooney (1), Carrick (56)

18 DECEMBER 2011, LOFTUS ROAD Attendance: 18,033

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24Cerny
18Young
16Connolly
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3Traore
11Wright-Phillipssub10
17Barton
11Faurlin
12Mackie
10Bothroyd
22Helgusonsub9
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18Orr
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4Derry
10Taarabtsub11
9Campbellsub22
21Smith
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12Smalling
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6Evans
3Evra
7Valencia
4Jonesyellow card
16Carrickgoal
17Nanisub18
10Rooneygoalsub11
19Welbecksub14
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13Lindegaard
9Berbatov
11Giggssub10
7Park
14Hernandezsub19
18Youngsub17
51Fryers

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18/12/2011 13:45, Report by Steve Bartram
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QPR 0 United 2

United turned in a devastating display of incisive attacking football, which might have yielded a resounding win over Queens Park Rangers, but the Reds can still reflect on an impressive victory secured by goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

Rooney headed home the opening goal inside a minute at Loftus Road and Carrick added a fine solo goal early in the second period, and only the woodwork and some inspired goalkeeping from Radek Cerny prevented the Reds from running up an eye-catching scoreline.

From front to back, the Reds were impressive, but it was in central areas where the champions most exuded authority. Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand provided a rock-solid defensive core, Carrick and Phil Jones shone in tandem in midfield and Rooney oozed class throughout.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand was strengthened by the return of Dimitar Berbatov and Chicharito, yet the United manager opted against shuffling and named the same line-up that overpowered Wolves last weekend.

Among the highlights of the victory over Mick McCarthy’s side were the return to goalscoring form of Wayne Rooney and an incisive display of wingplay from Antonio Valencia. Both parties combined after just 52 seconds at Loftus Road to give United a dream start.

Having nicked possession, Valencia redirected the ball to Rooney and raced onto the striker’s headed return pass before arcing a magnificent cross into the path of the onrushing Rooney. Though the striker had to contend with the attentions of Rangers defender Matthew Connolly, he managed to fling himself and redirect the ball inside Cerny’s post to register United’s quickest goal of the season so far.

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