Queens Park Rangers   0

Man United   2

Rafael (23), Giggs (80)

Saturday 23 February Loftus Road | Attendance: 18,337

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Queens Park Rangers
33Cesar
19Bosingwa
5Samba
6Hill
3Traore
12Mackie
14Granerosub17
10Taarabt
40Mbia
29Townsendsub23
52Zamorasub18
Subs:
1Green
11Wright-Phillips
42Onuoha
17Jenassub14
23Hoilettsub29
18Remysub52
7Park
Man United
1De Gea
2Rafaelgoal
5Ferdinand
15Vidic
3Evra
17Nani
16Carrick
11Giggsgoal
18Youngsub7
20van Persiesub19
14Hernandezsub10
Subs:
13Lindegaard
6Evans
8Anderson
7Valenciasub18
10Rooneysub14
19Welbecksub20
23Cleverley

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23/02/2013 16:55, Report by James Tuck
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QPR 0 United 2

A stunning Rafael goal and Ryan Giggs' late effort saw off QPR and sent Manchester United 15 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Rafael fired a superb arrowing 20-yard drive past home goalkeeper Julio Cesar midway through the first half to give the Reds the lead at Loftus Road.

Relegation-haunted Rangers battled hard but Giggs’ well-taken low strike sealed victory for United and put pressure on Manchester City, who host Chelsea on Sunday.

The only downside of the afternoon was an injury to Robin van Persie, who was forced off before the break after sustaining a hip problem in the build-up to Rafael’s goal.

Nevertheless, Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased to come away with the win after a spirited and feisty display from the league’s bottom side, who had previously taken home points off Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Van Persie had started up front with Javier Hernandez as Sir Alex made seven changes to the side that beat Reading in the FA Cup. Wayne Rooney was named on the bench following his sinus infection, while Nani started after his decisive cup cameo against Reading five days earlier. Former Reds winger Ji-sung Park was among the home side’s substitutes.

QPR started brightly and with a clear aim to hurry the Reds in possession on a cold afternoon in west London. On an uneven playing surface, the game took a while to settle but United created a first chance in the 12th minute as Nani found himself unmarked in the box, only to direct a tame header

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